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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