Advantages deep storyline, amazing artwork
Disadvantages slightly disturbing and NOT for younger readers
Quite some time ago I bought a Batman title, little knowing that I would be perched on the edge of my bed late one night frightened by a comic book.PLOT
Arriving on the scene Batman is told the final item on the captor's list of demands. The Joker and his crew of loonies want Batman himself to come join the party.As always that's about all I will say on the actual story but Morrison's writing, as ever, is tight and emotive. He defines every character well in even the subtle phrasing of lines and his plotting is tremendous. The deep characterisation drags the story along to it's inevitable (but completely original) ending.
ARTWORKThe artwork is entirely produced by Dave McKean (most usually to be found illistrating the works of Niel Gaiman) and is a strange thing to behold.
The whole book, from cover to cover, is a portfolio for McKean's creative ability.Very weird, very cool, very scary to be in the mind of that man...
OVERALLThe book is very engrossing if not a little hard work. The story is dark and frightening, and has more than it's fair share of upsetting moments.
Not a lot really. This book has sold 500,000 copies worldwide and won numerous awards, making it the most successful original graphic novel to be published in America.It made a name for Dave McKean and Grant Morrison alike, amongst those people who heralded the one off mature story as the new force in comics.
It still remains a great example of a truly original work, and I would recommend it to anybody who fancies a change from the day to day, holy die fledermaus Batman.That said, if you want something far less threatening, but equally surreal try Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.
It is available for under ten pounds from most good comic book shops, or online from bookfellas.co.uk for the same price
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