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Batman: The Black Mirror

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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.

Now I want to get all the graphic novels with Dick, Jason, Tim, Barbara, red hood, night wing, and Damien. 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. Scott Snyder and Jock take the reader on a dark journey, following Dick Grayson as he tries to fill Bruce Wayne's shoes. Batman infiltrates the Mirror House with Oracle's help, a moving location the Dealer uses to hold his macabre auctions. Dick Grayson is the Cape Crusader in this version and Bruce Wayne is off recruiting other Batmen to be placed around the world.Batman tracks the Joker down to a buried underground church in hopes of taking him in, but is ambushed. When he turns back, he’s shocked that Dick is still there instead of disappearing in the middle of the conversation like Bruce does.

If I were to list one of the creepiest characters to ever appear in a “Batman” comic, then James Gordon Jr. Dick Grayson will sadly realizing how “lost” the people of Gotham is, how “hungry” they are for the “tools” of craziness. The Zucco twist was cool and then the revelation with James Jr's plan was so awesome and the ending leaving things open ended. This is all a very long, complicated way of saying The Black Mirror reads like a well-made graphic novel that was meant to be read like a graphic novel. Francesco Francavilla’s art by contrast is more clean and traditional, yet his use of light is unusual and superbly dramatic.

Lately, I have been reading many “Batman” comics that came out during the 1980s and the 1990s, so that way I could be caught up with the “Batman” universe. Commissioner Gordon approaches Wayne Enterprises to use their state-of-the-art crime lab built for the GCPD, which has gone unused out of spite from the department. His issues are illustrated wondrously by Francesco Francavilla whose limited color palette of dark colors (hues of orange, red, blue and purple) make the stories a chilling visual adventure as it is able to echo the depths of horrors that Snyder's writing purposefully and, at most times, masterfully brings out with atrocious clarity.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. And yet, like a decent blockbuster film, there is a unique art form to the graphic novel that should never be ignored, regardless of the literary snobbery one aims to achieve. 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. I also loved the relationship shown between Commissioner Jim Gordon and Dick Grayson as Jim Gordon holds the same respect for Dick that he held for Bruce Wayne. Now, I'll also be honest, I've also been becoming a superfan of James Gordon JR ever since I read about him in Suicide Squad, and seeing him shine in this volume was an especially good treat.This exciting and brilliantly illustrated DC Comics Collection tells the story of Bruce Wayne and Batman from start to finish in exquisite detail. We get a fantastic scene where he has lunch with his father and tells him about his diagnosis as a psychopath. And this is no exception, with several clever red herrings included in the plot as delicate distractions.

If there's going to be a bunch of comic books you want to start with, I'd say this is a bullet point book. The actual story here is that Dick Grayson, now Batman, has uncovered a terrifying and strange case when he discovers that a nightmarish auction is being held where the criminals of Gotham City’s possessions are all being sold to the rich citizens of Gotham City. It captures Dick as Batman so well it makes me so mad we didn't get the original 4-5 year plan of Dick as Batman. The plot tells the continued adventures of Dick Grayson as Batman, as Bruce Wayne continues his work for Batman Incorporated. The members of this wealthy cult are required to wear gas masks to hide their identities, and Dick sneaks in wearing one of these.And the pages are full of such little intricate details that make reading the single stories such a delight. But even after a crime-fighting lifetime of confronting what they thought was the worst humanity had to offer, an even darker and more dangerous evil pushes Batman and Gordon to their limits. Fighting his way through the violent illusions, Batman escapes the building and makes it to a hospital. Sonia Zucco arrives to explain that she's been targeted by Roadrunner and another super-villain named Tiger Shark as she refuses to let them launder money in her bank. This storyline was originally published in the comic book series Detective Comics from January to October, 2011.

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