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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Batman Black & White #1

September 13th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Written by: Chip Kidd, Neal Adams, Maris Wicks, John Arcudi, and Howard Mackie

Art by: Michael Cho, Neal Adams, Joseph A Quinones Jr., Sean Murphy and Chris Samnee

Published by: DC Comics

I probably couldn’t tell you what I thought this title was supposed to be about if I was asked, but then it turned out to be everything I didn’t know I wanted. Five quick vignettes about the adventures of both Batman and Bruce Wayne, all bound together in a pretty stunning book.

Each story has their own taste, style and voice, proving that you don’t necessarily need to be flashy and colorful to be good. The Superman and Robin one was probably hands down my favorite, but they were each hilarious or heartwarming in their own way and I found myself smiling at the end of each one. The writers all seemed to have a pretty solid hold on each character’s personality and voice, too, so that made it all the more enjoyable, knowing that the writers get it just as much as the fans do.

All of the art was pretty spectacular. I loved the stark contrast between each story, and really have no complaints about anything I saw. The old-timey-ness is what really spoke to me, I think. It sort of brought back a nostalgic feel, back to the Golden Age and beyond. And it really shows how talented some of these pencilers are. Not to take away from colorists, of course, but wow! I can’t imagine these stories with color. It wouldn’t have been right.

This mini-series is definitely needed for a lot of Bat-fans: Great stories, with not a lot at stake or any sort of emotional or dramatic pounding. The perfect amount of campiness and heart, from page one to the last.

5 out of 5 nerds

 

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