Comic reviews have been a bit lacking around these parts lately – sorry about that. The pile of comics to read will soon be overtaking the number I own, so I’m trying to rectify this as best I can!
I recently finished reading The Black Mirror, a Batman graphic novel written by Scott Snyder. I recognised his name when I got this volume from Liam for my birthday, as Snyder also penned The Joker: Death Of The Family which I reviewed here.
Interestingly enough, in that review I made the point that chapters are very hit and miss – and this is also true of The Black Mirror. There are some very cool parts to the story, but then there are also messy parts which don’t seem to fit as well. At times it feels like it’s trying to tell too many stories at once which is a damn shame.
The Joker makes a somewhat limited appearance in The Black Mirror, and as a big fan of him, I wish there had been more of him. However, we do have an interestingly shady character in the shape of Commissioner Gordon’s son James.
The collection of stories is essentially about Batman (Dick Grayson’s ‘version’) and Gordon coming to terms with Gotham’s criminality – from dark auctions selling off villainous paraphernalia to a murderous psychopath much closer to home.
Whilst the artwork was not quite as exciting as Death of the Family, I did appreciate the inclusion of colour to offshoot the gloomy Gotham which is almost always exclusively black, white and grey.
If you like any of the Batman Detective stories then I recommend giving this one-off graphic novel a go. If you’ve read it already, let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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