Reviews for Batman : The Black Mirror


Booklist Reviews 2012 January #1
Dick Grayson, formerly Robin, has taken on Bruce Wayne's cowl and penthouse apartment, but struggles to feel at home in either. Though he now patrols Gotham as Batman, Grayson still shines through the cape and cowl: at the end of one of their signature rooftop meetings, Commissioner Gordon turns around to find Batman uncharacteristically still there. As much as the story is about Dick Grayson as Batman, though, the real intrigue involves Commissioner Gordon's family. The city is besieged by seemingly unrelated attacks from gangsters and supervillains. At the same time, Gordon's long-lost, troubled son reappears as a changed man. Snyder's story expertly prolongs the tension until the disturbing end, when readers finally learn the connections between the truly terrifying bad guy and the acts of gruesome violence. The segments featuring Jock's dynamic depiction of supervillains and gangsters contrast nicely with the splashy, saturated colors and heavy lines in Francavilla's chapters about the Gordon family. This darkly riveting story with gritty atmospherics is sure to please. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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