Batman: The Black Glove Hardcover – Sep 16 2008
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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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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.Read more ›
A can't miss story.
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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.
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.