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Batman: The Black Mirror

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Well, imagine my surprise when I discovered that “Batman: The Black Mirror” was actually Dick Grayson’s story! Having participated in clinical drug trials, he began to believe that being a psychopath made him stronger and empathy is a weakness. I think I'm probably going to get lynched for not being as enamored with The Black Mirror as everyone else seems to have been. While it was coming out in the monthlies, Black Mirror received such high praise that I knew 1) I would have to read it and 2) there would be something wrong with it.

His covers are amazing, particularly the Joker one which was partially made up of bats, but really they were all excellent and I loved the way he draws Grayson swooping through the Gotham skyline as if he were still in a circus big top on the trapeze. Upon taking the Cowl, he already has unique relationships with the members of the Batman family that are different from that of Bruce Wayne. There really is only one thing I want to say about this: it is probably one of the best Batman stories I have ever read.

As a gothic and brooding city it is also the perfect setting to remind the reader that beneath the exterior, often a darker heart can be lurking. But, definitely, The Black Mirror is an entertaining story and a must-read to any Batman fan, specially if you want to read about the tour-of-duty of Dick Grayson while he was having the mantle.

I've been so focused on doing all the others, the alternatives in the DC world, thinking that I knew my Supermans and Batmans from movies and tv, that I just never really considered, you know, READING them. 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. For years, Batman and Commissioner Gordon have stared into the unyielding black abyss that is Gotham City.

but this time the answers require a deeper dig due to the extreme emotions involved, particularly for Jim Gordon. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror House, Batman must fight for his life against one of Gotham City's oldest and most powerful evils. Gotham is still the same dark and often rainy town, but the approach of the bat is a little different and I like it.

I was really what taken aback having a new Batman missed the whole storyline, but then again there are too many comics to keep up with the storyline. Dick goes out to meet Sonia Zucco, but she tells she does not know who did it and asks him to leave. In Snyder's stories about him being Batman and as illustrated by Jock, Dick faces questions similar to a person who is having an identity crisis, particularly on the aspect of his roots. He is applying for a job at Leslie Thompkins' clinic to help other psychopaths and asks his father to put in a good word for him.

Throwing the Dealer's prized super-villain artifacts overboard, he fights the Dealer who has taken Man-Bat serum.

And Francavilla does as good a job at evoking feelings of foreboding and tension as Jock - Where Jock uses crazy expressive linework and splatter, Francavilla uses great colours and composition to draw you into the scene. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There is a dead woman inside the whale, and Batman visits Sonia to investigate the death of her friend. I have been reading Scott Snyder books one after the other, and so far, I have not been disappointed. Dick as Batman is stripped down to the essentials, much like Batman was pre-Robin way back in the day.

Dick has to deal with things like a bunch of the weapons used by Batman’s enemies have been stolen from a police evidence locker and are now being sold on the black market.

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