Charles Dickens… meet Batman!

One of the most beautiful graphic novels of the year has got to be Batman: Noel by Lee Bermejo.  What’s most intriguing about this title is that it loosely follows Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for its plotline.  In the same kind of time-hopping journey that Scrooge undertakes on Christmas Eve, Batman must deal with issues surrounding villains and compatriots past and present in his own journey to deal with his own ever-present foe – more pressing on Batman than death itself – the Joker.  What makes this book so truly special, as I mentioned at the outset, is Bermejo’s art.  For those of you who read The Joker (2008) by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Bermejo, you’ll know just how dynamic and memorable his work can be.  I’ve read this book twice, now, but I’ve looked at it five or six times.  Every page is filled with exquisite detail, shadowy impressions, and the lingering effects make you with more comics were of this quality.  Check it out.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ayla1188
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 14:39:42

    I met Lee at ComiConn NY in 2011 and he is an incredible person. He put a lot of thought into every page, even spending months on some panels. He cares very much about his audience and when he found out I am a librarian he tried to pick my brain so he could go back and tweak his work. I am glad you reviewed this graphic and I hope Lee gets more recognition.

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