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Batman: The Black Glove Paperback – 27 Nov 2009

2.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (27 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845769627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845769628
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.6 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,319,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman, All-Star Superman and Final Crisis. JH Williams III is best known as the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Chase, Desolation Jones, Promethea, and Seven Soldiers.


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This is a graphic novel that is followed by Batman RIP, and is also heavily linked to Batman and Son. It is a more psychological story, rather than an action based graphic novel, so be prepared to concentrate on what is going on, or this could prove to be a confusing read!
It starts off with Batman and Robin going to an island to meet up with some 'C-List crimefighters' called the International Club of Heroes. Batman was part of this group right at the outset of his career, and only attended once. But he is intrigued to meet up his former team-mates such as the Knight,Dark Ranger, Eagle and El Gaucho. When they meet up they are witnesses to a murder and what follows is Batman and the team trying to solve it. This is the first part of the graphic novel, and is quite clever in it's story telling. It is a kind of Agatha Christie / Cluedo murder mystery and shows the manipulating of Batman by the Black Glove.
The main chunk of the story then moves on to a couple of intertwined story arcs. Three Batmen trained to take the original Batman's place if he is ever killed is a fascinating segment of the story involving one getting venom shots and more manipulation of Batman by the Black Glove. Also involved are storylines about Joe Chill (the murderer of Bruce Wayne's parents), Commissioner Gordon, Bruce Waynes new girlfriend Jezebel, and ultimately a thread about Talia Al Ghul.
All of these storylines have a single strand running through them and it is continued in the next book in the series, Batman RIP.
As other reviewers have said, this is a hard graphic novel to read, as it feels like separate stories collected in to one volume. A lot of this is down to Grant Morrison, and his style.
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A rather strange choice by the Grant Morrison to write this in German.

I can only think that he was making some statement although I fail to see what it is. The isolation of the individual maybe? The ignorance of the people perhaps?

Still I'm not one to be beaten and have taken up German lessons so I can crack the language and finally get to read this little beauty.

Or I might just buy it in Forbidden Planet in English.
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By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
This volume is part of a grand and building story arc which spans a couple of graphic novels. Its interesting to see this sort of style employed in this way, so you have the episodic storylines and adventures taking place but allusions made in either the narrative or flashbacks, recollections and reflections told in tangental sequences which fit with the on going over arcing storyline.

The first story is a great cluedo or murder mystery meeting of an older "Golden Age" of comics crime fighting coalition/league of heroes from around the world. The group assemble and some of their number are murdered, it is pacey and from the first killing there are some good twists and clever points, for instance that its difficult to tell if the real from murderous imposturs when costumes and secret identities are involved. The keynote of the story involves the possibility that the villainy could be being directed by a Moriarty style super villain.

The second story is also good, involving a near death experience during a confrontation with a hostage taker on the roof of Gotham City Police Department's HQ which ques some flashback sequences which do effect the continuity of the story telling but manage to return to track in such a way as to convey the confuse of Batman himself. This again builds the possibility that there is a Moriarty style villain involved, taking advantage of a scheme to train police officers as potential replacements for Batman and a research programme Batman agrees to take part in involving sensory deprivation.
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This edition is written in German
It only states it once on the listing but it is there.
i would give it a higher rating but i havent had chance to read the damn book
yet as my Deutsch is rusty.
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I've yet to read the book because the version I got was in German. PLEASE make sure you read the listing details before or ordering. I added this version on to my wish list a year or so ago when it was only listed as being in English.

So if you want it in English buy the hard cover!
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If Batman and Son was Revolver, The Black Glove is Sgt Pepper's - Grant Morrison goes a bit off-reservation with his stories here, something his critics hate, but his fans love. Fortunately I'm a fan and I enjoyed this re-reading it as much as I did the first time around.

The first half of the book is Morrison rewriting Agatha Christie's AMAZING novel ...And Then There Were None, where a group of strangers go to an island to meet with a wealthy host and stay the weekend at his mansion - only to find the host missing. And then they start dying, one by one. If you haven't read it, go check it out immediately, it is such a good read even though it's 80+ years old at this point.

In The Island of Mister Mayhew we first see (most of) the members who would become Batman Incorporated: Knight and Squire, Gaucho, Wingman, Man of Bats and his son Raven Red, and who, in the 1950s, along with Batman and Robin, were part of the Club of Heroes. Morrison's thesis in his Batman run is that everything counts - every story from Detective Comics #27 to the present day, including the 60s TV show, the movies, the Bat nipples, everything. It all counts, it all happened to one man: it all happened to Batman. So stuff like the 1950s Club of Heroes gets referenced and even zanier stuff gets pulled later on in the run. Bear that in mind when reading this - Morrison's creating new stuff for the character, most notably Damian, but he's also bringing back obscure Batman characters and referencing stuff even the most hardcore Batman fans will have trouble placing. This is basically the Batmaniest Batman series you'll ever read!
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