Thursday, September 10, 2009

Batman: Two Extremes

At the end of August I checked out two Batman books from the local library.

The first was Batman: Nine Lives. This was a delightful read. Primarily an exercise in Noir styling, it also reinterpreted all of the famous characters of Gotham City in interesting ways. The result was charming.

The second was Batman: Detective No. 27. This was a travesty. I cannot imagine a single way to make the story worse, or to additionally butcher the legacy of Batman. To say more would be to spoil an experience that any Batman aficionado should suffer through, just so all other Batman stories shine slightly more brightly.

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