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Batman Noel Deluxe Edition HC [Special Edition] [Hardcover]

Lee Bermejo
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2 Nov 2011 Batman
Written by LEE BERMEJO Art and cover by LEE BERMEJO Inspired by Charles Dickens' immortal classic A Christmas Carol, BATMAN: NOEL features different interpretations of The Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras, from writer/artist Lee Bermejo (JOKER). In this spectacular, oversized graphic novel, Batman must come to terms with his past, present and future as he battles villains from the campy 1960s to dark and brooding menaces of today, while exploring what it means to be the hero that he is.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; De Luxe edition edition (2 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232139
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 11 x 0.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Amazing. This book is a visual treat."--The New York Times

"Simply terrific."--Scripps Howard News Service

"The caped crusader channels the gravelly paranoia of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns while a desperate father working for the Joker lends the story its moral weight and inevitable humanitarian payoff."--Paste Magazine

"Absolutely exquisite... I'd be more than happy to add reading "Batman: Noel" and watching it to my yearly yuletide festivities."--Yahoo! Movies

"Bermejo has simply created an instant classic with BATMAN NOEL that is larger than any holiday."--Ain't It Cool News

"Surprising, new, gorgeous to look at, and also incredibly heartfelt. So you know, the perfect stocking stuffer."--MTV GEEK

"[Bermejo]'s incorporating his unique style to create a fresh kind of Batman tale, lending it a distinctive flavor that would be impossible for any other artist to replicate."--IGN

"More than just a regular graphic novel."--UGO

"Gorgeously illustrated."--io9

"More than a clever entertainment, and does more than just prove that Bermejo is a fine writer." --The Morton Report

"Some artists like Bermejo seem to be regarded as having objectively beautiful illustrations. Bermejo is able to take characters we know and love and give them a sinister and realistic twist that makes them pop out of the pages. Batman Noel is worth picking up for the artwork alone."--Bloody_Disgusting.com, Pick of the Week

"Gives the classic story the dark edge that's inherent in anything set in Gotham City."--Newsarama

"Lush."--Comic Book Resources

About the Author

Lee Bermejo is the illustrator of Superman/Gen 13, and has contributed pin-ups to 100 Bullets and WildC.A.T.S. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Dark and Beautiful. 18 Nov 2011
By Josh.
Format:Hardcover
Its essentially the story if A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, which may sound a bit tame but its absolutely fantastic, the artwork and story by Lee Bermejo is spectacular and how classic characters have been used as representatives of the "Ghosts of Christmas" was really clever.

Many comic readers will be familiar with Bermejo from his work on the Joker and Luthor graphic novels where his distinctive style first came into the mainstream eye (Joker became a NY:times best seller). But this is his first outing as a writer and the stereotype of artist becoming writer is that the quality of the final product is diminished. Not so here. The story works well utilising well known elements of The Dark Knights published history to link in with the classic Dickens tale.

Its a stand alone story out of the continuity of the "main" DC Universe and not overly reliant on the history of Batman, only the basics are needed such as his parents death, him being a determined crime fighter and his interactions with Commissioner Gordon, etc so no need to feel put off by not being a big comic reader.

The art is stunning, the story well adapted.
Definitely recommended whether you'd usually read something like this or not.
May well become a future classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Noel TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After so many Batman books how can one man, the brilliant Lee Bermejo, rejuvenate the character for another book? Take the ultimate Christmas story ever written, Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and cast the Dark Knight as Scrooge, of course! Robin, Catwoman, Superman, and Joker all put in appearances in the role of the other characters in the Carol, showing how well that story fits the DC Universe like a glove.

The story focuses on how Batman has changed over the years, from the fun loving and sometimes goofy Batman of the `60s Batman TV show, to the barmy Batman in the Schumacher films, to the now much more violent and darker incarnation he is these days thanks largely to the films of Tim Burton and Chris Nolan. Bermejo does justice to this version but is nostalgic for the kinder Batman of yore and steers his Batman in this direction, which fits in well with the Christmas Carol story.

Story aside, and it's great fun, the reason above all others why any Batman fan MUST buy this book is the art. Bermejo is an artist first, writer second, and his artwork here is the best work he's ever done. His Gotham is perfect, steeped in snow, dark and atmospheric, each building fitting in exactly with what I think of when I think of that city. Remember his artwork for "Joker" by Brian Azzarello a few years ago? I thought that was the best depiction of Joker I'd ever seen, and given free reign to draw Batman, Catwoman and Superman, I'd say Bermejo's versions are among the best drawings of these characters I've ever seen as well.

"Batman: Noel" is the perfect story to read on Christmas Eve, especially if you're a Batfan like me, and not just because the story mirrors the most famous Christmas story of all, but because the artwork makes it darkly festive and memorable in the best possible way. I now have a new favourite Batman artist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The return of the Batman Christmas story 3 Oct 2013
By Gareth Simon TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This stand-alone graphic novel appears to be set in the period after the death of Robin - though there is no mention of Nightwing - with a `voice over' narrating the story, which begins on the night before Christmas, an angry and aggressive Batman wages his war on crime, with no regard for the criminals themselves. The focus of the story is a gopher for the Joker that crosses his path, called Bob, who he uses as bait to draw out the recently-escaped Joker, with no regard for the safety of Bob's son, Timmy, a kid with a bad leg. Batman is coming down with a cough and fever, and during the night he gets a vision (or fever dream) of the deceased Robin, who, we are told by the voice over, warns him that he will receive three visitors to show him how his life could be lived (or something like that). Anyway, the three visitors are Catwoman, Superman and the Joker, and, well read the book to find out what happens. But remember, traditionally, from 1940 until the day of the Dark Knight, anyway, there would be a Batman Christmas story featuring a lesson in the Christmas spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

The artwork is what we used to call `fully painted', which in the wrong hands would look like a series of still-life panels. The art here is of that style, but with a bit of movement in it, but not as fully dynamic as some artists manage; though it does serve the story being told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Christmas Batman, HA HA HA HA HA! 5 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for Christmas 2012, and I am very happy I did. Batman Noel combines brilliant artwork and great reading together so well that thank Lee Bermejo for creating this graphic novel, the character designs are very well done, especially The joker who's appearance in this book in my opinion is such a throw back to Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight, overall I recommend this book for any Batman Fan.
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By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this because I was struck by the art in Jokerı; illustration-wise, Bermejo takes things a step further here, and reaches a level of excellence that I haven`t seen before in a graphic novel - it`s incredible. So if you are like me, an artist who loves to see new styles and renderings of classic Gotham characters, then you`ll be as in love with this as I am. However...if you are looking for an equally original and striking tale, then you may be disappointed - it is a reimagining (the current phrase for a reworking of a classic tale) of Dicken`s Christmas Carol. A classic tale of course, but I`m not sure that positioning characters from that story - Scrooge (Batman), Catwoman, Superman and Joker as the three ghosts - into Batman`s world is exactly successful. So even though Bermejo (who writes as well as illustrates) creates a brilliantly dark atmosphere on each and every page, the words are not as memorable...but I re-read it often because the art is inspirational. I love it, but I can absolutely understand that if you are story first, art second then you`ll probably not be as impressed as I am. But for me it`s 5 stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Christmas batman
Not really a comic person bought this because it looked beautiful, story and artwork is great book was mostly I'm good condition small water damage/crinkle to pages but nothing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rhys
5.0 out of 5 stars love this!
Story is told like a christmas carol, guess who scrooge is? Pretty obvious it's batman, he basically uses a down on his luck man to bait the joker into showing his face, the man... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jay Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Good Christmas tale. I expected more from this, but it was still a decent read. Also I think this is the suit we will be seeing in the Batman vs Superman film in 2015.
Published 3 months ago by Josh Stables
4.0 out of 5 stars More top work from Barmejo
You will find some of the best artwork around in this story although it is short it is full of great stuff, just wish Brandon would do more batman!
Published 3 months ago by (ruffassmofo)
2.0 out of 5 stars Limp offering
Spoiler alert
While this graphic novel is well illustrated, the story is so weak that I barely spent much time enjoying the panels. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by Richard Webb
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
no dialog and all artwork, not a very good graphic noval. also a somewhat unconvincing batman if that makes sense
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by wheelerkid
4.0 out of 5 stars You're a mean one...
This is a fine reinterpretation of 'A Christmas Carol' filtered through the Victorian Gothic of Gotham City. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Quicksilver
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Christmas Tale of the Dark Knight
Batman Noel is a stand alone Batman story written and drawn by the wonderfully talented Lee Bermejo. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by K. Trebell
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