Batman: The Black Mirror

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Batman: The Black Mirror

Batman: The Black Mirror

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The Black Mirror" is a Batman story arc written by Scott Snyder, and illustrated by Jock and Francesco Francavilla. 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. The only other Batman comic that comes close is Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth which I also recommend. He works so well here, giving us growth in such a short span of time while also giving us one of the darkest and most fucked up stories for Jim Gordon. Scott Snyder and Jock take the reader on a dark journey, following Dick Grayson as he tries to fill Bruce Wayne's shoes.

Now I don't know if this was ever done before, but in Black Mirror Jim Gordon JR is a serial killer and a creepy bastard at that.I admit I can't really be an objective reviewer as I think this period of DC's Batman with Scott Snyder and Jock was one of the strongest ever and can't get enough of it! Drawn again in brutal, chaotic shades of light and dark by the incredible Jock, Black Mirror is another noir classic in the reimagined Batman story. It's one of the best Batman books out there and is destined to become a classic - what're you waiting for? Gotham City is the perfect foil for the glowing superhero archetype of Superman, with its run down, crime filled nature. Though it's not Wayne underneath the cowl, Dick as Batman is definitely a daring and compelling one.

All's I'm saying is that I've been thinking about what the DC reboot really means for all the long-running superheroes it affected last year. Bruce Wayne is back from the dead or time travel or whatever the hell was going on, but he’s off recruiting people for his new version of an international army of crime fighters so Dick Grayson is still acting as Gotham’s Caped Crusader.Because he has no powers, because he won't kill, and because he exists in a fabricated universe that requires timelessness to insure its commercial survival, Batman lives in a perpetual state of almost-but-not-quite falling apart. Snyder and the artists do a good job of setting a subtly sinister and shadowed tone in this book, starting out with a sense of dread that seeps into the corners of the pages but does not confront us under direct gaze.

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