Batman - The Black Mirror Hardcover – 16 Dec 2011
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"A tremendously well-executed climax... pulls Black Mirror beyond the excessive realm of monthly comics and into Christopher Nolan levels of credibility...this has already joined the realm of definitive Batman storylines." --Sci-Fi Now
About the Author
Jock has worked on The Losers , Green Arrow: Year One, Faker and a series of stories for 2000 AD.
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Having just read "American Vampire" I wasn't sure Scott Snyder had the writing chops to create a Batman series this good, but he proves in "The Black Mirror" that he is easily as talented as the more experienced Batman scribes out there and can create a menacing, taut storyline to boot. I particularly liked the nuances he gives Grayson's Batman: when meeting with Jim Gordon he doesn't suddenly disappear when Gordon turns to switch off the Bat signal, much to Gordon's surprise; Grayson's banter with fellow hero Red Robin, aka Tim Drake (the third Robin), is much more comradely and friendly as the two are really equals than teacher/student as is the way with Wayne/Grayson.
Snyder writes the James Gordon Jnr storyline brilliantly, where the suspense between whether or not he's telling the truth is kept up tightly until the right time, and the way the character is written is both chilling and captivating, like Kevin Spacey's performance as John Doe in "Se7en".Read more ›
I gave up buying Batman comics after the end of the `Knightfall' and `Azrael' storylines, however many years ago that was, as basically, after all the shouting had died down, nothing had changed. I occasionally read a Batman-related graphic novel from my local library if something catches my eye, as with this collected volume here. It is an exciting read, with exceptionally good artwork, this time around with Dick Grayson as Batman following the establishment of the `Batman Incorporated' franchise.
The stories presented are
The Black Mirror 1-3
Skeleton Cases 1-3
Hungry City 1-3
My Dark Architect
The Face in the Glass
The `Black Mirror' involves yet another international conspiracy of fabulously wealthy people who this time are buying criminal memorabilia - stolen from police storage - at auctions held in famous crime scenes, and organised by a dastardly foreigner. Dick Grayson infiltrates one of the auctions etc. etc. The story stats with someone having freed the birds from Gotham's aviary, which of course makes the reader think of the usual suspect, but he's nowhere to be seen in this volume.
The supporting cast are Commissioner and Barbara Gordon, Harvey Bullock, and, to a lesser extent, Alfred and Tim the Red Robin. As the volume progresses, the stories revolve more and more about the `family' of Dick Grayson ("call me Dick, please.Read more ›
The Black Mirror far exceeded my expectations.
Set during a time when Dick Grayson, the original Robin, has taken up the mantle of Batman, this collection is part horror, part thriller, part mystery. It is a far more cerebral storyline, with one central genuine puzzle that gently unravels. I particularly enjoyed the chapters that focused on other characters - it shows Batman as just one part of a busy city. Note that the story is quite dark and is not child-friendly.
Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone - whether you are a comic fan or not. The only other Batman comic that comes close is Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth which I also recommend.
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Absolute dynamite! Amazing writing from Snyder and some of Jocks finest work! Great story, a real page turner. You'll read this in a single sitting, impossible to put down. Buy it!Published 11 months ago by Richard Willis
Haunting, complex, and truly amazing. Scott Snyder writes Batman (Dick Grayson at the time) really well, with great characterisation of the main antagonist, which has a great... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kyle
Had me gripped. Would read it again. So dark and menacing and unpredictable. I love the world of the bat.Published 12 months ago by Miss R Sharma
Out of the few graphic novels I've read, The Black Mirror had the best batman story after Year One. I usually try to savour these books but I was unable to put Black Mirror down. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dan Ryan