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Batman - The Black Mirror Hardcover – 16 Dec 2011

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (16 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857688006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857688002
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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With Bruce Wayne busy setting up Batman Incorporated, Dick Grayson (the first Robin) dons the cowl and becomes Gotham's Dark Knight. But as Grayson has been finding out since he became the Batman, it's not easy being the Caped Crusader and "The Black Mirror" shows him going up against a macabre and monstrous auctioneer of Batman paraphernalia called "The Dealer", a cyborg carjacker called "Roadrunner", a blind-folded pirate called "Tyger Shark", the Joker (of course) and the double-dealing Sonia Branch aka Sonia Zucco, daughter of Tony Zucco who murdered Grayson's parents. But of all the colourful villains lining up to take down the Batman, none are more disturbing that James Gordon Jnr, who makes a murderous return to Gotham...

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".
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 17 May 2013
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The stories from Detective Comics issues #871 to #881 are collected as Batman: The Black Mirror TP (Batman (DC Comics Paperback)). These are actually interlinked stories, though the links are not obvious until the finale.

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
Lost Boys
Hungry City 1-3
Skeleton Key
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.
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Ok, this was my first Batman book in which Grayson and not Wayne is Batman. And it was just amazing. The stories are good, the character has complexity and it was a great read. I'd like more like this. Of course, the fact the Snyder wrote the stories had something to do with how good it is, which is why I also enjoy a lot the new 52...
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I am a Batman fan - having enjoyed the Nolan films and the Arkham games in particular - but never feeling particularly satisfied with the comics. I have tried many of the classic Batman graphic novels but very few seemed to click with me.

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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Jock's art is great, the other guy's isn't. The story is a worthy read though I must say I don't really enjoy having Dick Grayson being Batman. It just seems pointless! This is a good collection though, worth putting on your list AFTER hush and the long halloween.
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