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Batman: The Black Glove Hardcover – Sep 16 2008

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Sept. 16 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401219098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219093
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman, All-Star Superman and Final Crisis. JH Williams III is best known as the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Chase, Desolation Jones, Promethea, and Seven Soldiers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When comics' writer Grant Morrison assumed authorship of the Dark Knight's legends in 2006, he stated in a Newsarama interview (which I can no longer access from their site, sadly) that he "wanted to see a psychologically 'healthier' Batman... [one that] combines the cynic, the scholar, the daredevil, the businessman, the superhero, the wit, the lateral thinker, the aristocrat." Batman: The Black Glove occurs midway through the run in which he accomplished that and much more. His approach to the character, that has undergone serious deconstruction throughout the eighties and nineties, is to reconstruct him; bringing to light Batman's best parts, while reconciling his paradoxical contradictions.

The subtlety is breathtaking for anyone familiar with the 70-plus year history of the character. Morrison seamlessly invokes the "Batman fighting space aliens" stories of Batman in the fifties alongside the "Bruce Wayne as corporate philanthropist and socialite" elements of the Steve Englehart-Marshall Rogers era of the seventies. By faithfully restoring characters like Talia and Man-Bat into the modern age with powerful reverence for the source material, Morrison navigates the cul-de-sacs of our scrutiny and effortlessly appeases our demands for stories that fit within our (often over-zealous) need for logical continuity and "realism". This is what good comic writing produces: building new stories from antecedent, rather than ignoring them or worse, defaming them.

Perhaps the highest credit of Morrison's venerated run must be paid to the marriage of his words with the artwork of J.H.
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This is a must have for any Batman fan or just anyone who likes old hollywood-style mystery storytelling. It was very reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. This story continues off of the "Resurrection of Ras al Goul", the second book of Grant Morisson's epic 7 year run on Batman and is the precursor for Batman R.I.P.

A can't miss story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but don't get ripped off if you've read Batman & Son Nov. 18 2014
By Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall it's a good short comic but I was completely fooled into buying this book , since I bought all Grant Morrisons trade paperbacks of his run on batman and the list included The Black Glove after reading Batman & Son but yet The Black Glove is already included in Batman & Son TPB . So basically if you've gotten Batman & Son do not waste your $ on The Black Glove like I did . The Black Glove is a short series which was covered in Batman & Son . So basically they sold one book into two different comics . The BS part is that I paid 19$ for this Black Glove copy & come to find out its a repeat of what happened in Batman & Son
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4.0 out of 5 stars The mystery deepens... Sept. 18 2008
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
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When brilliant comic writer Grant Morrison (Final Crisis, The Filth, New X-Men; c'mon, you know the list) took over duties on Batman, readers knew we were going to a get a bit of a different take on the classic character. The Batman & Son storyarc proved that, and also served as a set up for The Black Glove, which finds the mystery that began in the pages of Batman & Son getting even deeper. The Black Glove picks up with Batman and Robin taking a trip to a secluded island and meeting up with a group of international Batman-inspired heroes, only to have a murder mystery in their midst. Later on, Batman makes it back to Gotham City, and has another run-in with the Batman impersonators that were once Gotham City cops, which leaves more questions than answers naturally. If you've read anything from Morrison, then you should know that a majority of his work is structured like a tree, and typically pretty cryptic. His run on Batman is no different, and he writes the character wonderfully. Sadly though, and this may be a put off for a number of fans, Morrison is gleefully pulling a good amount of material from Batman's silver age past, which he does do a good job putting to use here, but for newer or younger readers, many of the references may be a little over their heads. That aside though, The Black Glove is a solid read that will keep you entertained, and the great artwork from Tony Daniel and J.H. Williams III (Ryan Benjamin's pencil work in the closing chapter features some odd-looking facial expressions however) is a joy to look at as well. All in all, if you've been following Morrison's run at all, The Black Glove is a worthwhile pickup, and will leave you salivating for Batman R.I.P.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is Batman Losing His Marbles??? Jan. 15 2009
By David Swan - Published on Amazon.com
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It took me a couple of times reading through the book to get it and maybe I still don't. The first story finds Batman and the `Batmen of All Nations' trapped in a mansion on a small island. The Batmen characters were created back in the lighthearted 1960's where Batman had inspired other crime fighters from around the world to don Batman like costumes modified to their own ethnic flavor. This being NOT the 1960's the Batmen are no longer the gay band of merry men they once were and now find themselves being picked off one by one ala Agatha Christie `And Then There Were None'. The big reveal at the end of the killers identity was... ok, but the first time I read the book I thought the villain WAS the titular `Black Glove'. But the Black Glove is more of an ethereal foe if not a product of Batman's imagination.

The Batman has become obsessed with the idea that there may exist a foe who cannot be caught, a King of Crime. It appeared at first that the Black Glove was the mastermind pulling the strings in the first story; the villain behind the villain but in retrospect I wonder if it's more a product of Batman's paranoia. Batman has become so obsessed with planning for every eventuality that his mind has now constructed a villain who is always one step ahead no matter how well he strategizes. So is the Black Glove real or a product of Batman's vivid imagination? Maybe we'll find out in R.I.P.

The book starts off big with some excellent and creative art but drops in quality in the next two stories with the final one having both the weakest plot and blandest visuals. The second story was pretty good although it used characters from stories I've never read. Apparently years ago the police department started to fret about what might happen if Batman were to expire so they created three Batman type crime fighters from their own ranks. The plan didn't go well. Batman gets blasted in the chest by one of the pseudo Batmen and goes into cardiac arrest and that's where the story gets really strange as Batman finds himself disoriented, slipping between images from the past and strange hallucinations including a character who looks like the old Bat Mite.

I enjoyed the second story very much but the third was weak. Bruce Wayne is having dinner at a restaurant with his girlfriend, Jezebel Jet (yikes), when a member of the Ten-Eyed Brotherhood breaks in and... well, actually I can't remember what exactly he was trying to do. Maybe kidnap Jet. It was pretty forgettable and a sorry way to close out the book. Let me just say that making a compelling story with one of the Ten-Eyed men is... challenging.

The thread that binds all the stories is Batman's increasing paranoia which reminds me of his creation of Brother Eye during the run up to Infinite Crisis. So where does DC go with this as Batman becomes more and more unhinged? I guess it leads up to his death in Batman R.I.P. DC has already stated that Batman isn't actually dead but it is interesting to see how writers try and push the envelope of what they can do with a character who is the companies biggest cash cow without truly, fundamentally altering the character. The death of Batman could be a hugely powerful story but then of course you're left with a dead Batman and what fun is that.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtably a work of art Oct. 24 2008
By Jason Iu - Published on Amazon.com
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Let's start with the first part of this book, which takes place on the island of a certain "John Mayhew". What initially starts as a whodunnit type of mystery murder involving gimmicky heroes soon turns into something more. You really gotta love how Grant Morrison handles all the quirky subjects of the Batman of long ago. The writing here really shows off Batman's skill and the influence he's had. And let's not forget about J.H. Williams III. It's hard to find a word to describe this, but I think I'd have to go with "theatrical" which is a word that also describes Batman quite well. You really have to see it to believe it.

The second part of the book, which involves three fake Batmen running amok, is different from the first, but not in a bad way. It really takes a look into the psychology of Batman, and how he has had to train his mind in order to fight the psychiatric villains that make up his rogue's gallery. A special character also returns after being absent for a while, and he certainly plays his part well.

Overall, great book. I highly recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! April 27 2009
By Xavier Zavala Heras - Published on Amazon.com
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This title, as Batman & Son and Resurrection of Rha's al Ghul, is a perfect and definitive tie in for Batman RIP. I found this one in particular rather good given the mistery surronding the first chapters and later on because of the materialization of one of the Batman & Son predictions. I enjoy this book a lot for many reasons, but I won't give any spolier. The art is very good too, I must admit. Kind of dark (not too much) and gritty. This is a good purchase, Batman fans.