To be honest I almost set this down as I was reading the first chapter. Not to be a hater, but I was not enjoying the artwork or the dialogue. The artwork on the cover was totally different then the artwork I was viewing as I read. Flipping ahead before I was going to put it down, I found out those things changed after the first chapter. It was just a flashback with grainy artwork to drive home the point. The rest of the graphic novel rocked.
Mike Barr put together a great story line that really brings together all the wonderful things Batman embodies. I don’t do spoilers and I am not going to start with this post. My point is that Barr basically put Batman in the position where he felt he was looking in the mirror. What he saw was what came out of his quintessential Batman: humility, service, protection, justice, self sacrifice, teamwork, compassion and a strong moral and ethical code.
This graphic novel was a lesson for me. I was glad I didn’t just cast it aside on a first impression. Barr, Golden and De Carlo put together an awesome piece. The Wrath was an arch nemesis of Batman’s I had not encountered before, but am glad I had the chance. What is your favorite Batman Villian?
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