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5.0 out of 5 stars
2200 year recipe, 4 Aug. 2003
Not following the modern path, but rather choosing a 2200 year recipe, Grant Morison made a story to remember.
The play is strictly governed by the rules of an ancient Greek tragedy. Characters are tragic in the original term. Their future is decided from the very beginning. That they may know, deep inside, what they are and where they will end, makes no difference. They must endure the whole path of apocalyptic events that will drive them to the inner illumination and the completion of their struggle. Not being strong enough to divert from their line of destiny, even when foretelling is quite obvious, characters are distilled and remade through the process and their agony to postpone the inevitable, which is to face the oncoming revelation of oneself. At the end, redemption rarely comes, and each character confronts truth in its own unique way.
Morison masters the plot effectively, and even uses the more complicated tool of the ancient tragedy: the choir (look for the voices of the madmen). This tribute to the oldest rules of western theatrical play comes to completion when Batman finally passes through a gate with the inscription "√ÍÙÈÉÓŇÁ’‘ŌÍ", which is ancient Greek and translates as "to know yourself".
Take all that, add the astonishing artwork by Dave McKean, and you result in a piece of artwork one rejoices to study. The 9th art in one of its finest moments, and a marvelous story where one can even "smell" the psyche of the heroes