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Batman: Noel

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by Lee Bermejo
     
 

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

Inspired by Charles Dickens' immortal classic A Christmas Carol, BATMAN: NOEL features different interpretations of The Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras.

Along the way, Batman must come to terms with his past, present and future as he battles villains from the campy 1960s to dark and brooding

Overview

#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

Inspired by Charles Dickens' immortal classic A Christmas Carol, BATMAN: NOEL features different interpretations of The Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras.

Along the way, Batman must come to terms with his past, present and future as he battles villains from the campy 1960s to dark and brooding menaces of today, while exploring what it means to be the hero that he is. Members of Batman's supporting cast enact roles analogous to those from A Christmas Carol, with Robin, Catwoman, Superman, The Joker and more playing roles that will be familiar to anyone who knows Dickens' original holiday tale.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What happens when Batman gets a bad cold? Does Gotham and its perpetually overwhelmed police force fall to pieces? Bermejo’s somewhat tongue-in-cheek answer to that question puts the Dark Knight—who, by the way, doesn’t seem to believe he can get sick, no matter how bad the cough claims otherwise—into a scenario that’s mostly A Christmas Carol, with a dash of It’s a Wonderful Life. A crusty, streetwise narrator follows the story’s Bob Cratchit stand-in, a low-level crook who Batman is willing to dangerously dangle as bait—no matter that Bob has a Tiny Tim–like son at home. Ghosts of Batman’s more lighthearted past swing by, whether it’s the memory of Robin or an all-too-real Catwoman, who doesn’t get why he won’t play with her like he once did. The moral hangs heavy over Bermejo’s snowy, painterly Gotham, with Batman as the grizzled old vigilante trying to remember why he got into this game in the first place, and whether it’s even worth it. As a follow-up to the bestselling Joker graphic novel that he painted, Bermejo has created a clever, thoughtful piece of work, and one of the more satisfying Batman one-offs. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
“Amazing. This book is a visual treat.”—The New York Times

“Simply terrific.”—Scripps Howard News Service

“The caped crusader channels the gravelly paranoia of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns while a desperate father working for the Joker lends the story its moral weight and inevitable humanitarian payoff.”—Paste Magazine

“Absolutely exquisite… I'd be more than happy to add reading "Batman: Noel" and watching it to my yearly yuletide festivities.”—Yahoo! Movies

"Bermejo has simply created an instant classic with BATMAN NOEL that is larger than any holiday."—Ain’t It Cool News

“Surprising, new, gorgeous to look at, and also incredibly heartfelt. So you know, the perfect stocking stuffer.”—MTV GEEK

“[Bermejo]’s incorporating his unique style to create a fresh kind of Batman tale, lending it a distinctive flavor that would be impossible for any other artist to replicate.”—IGN

“More than just a regular graphic novel.”—UGO

“Gorgeously illustrated.”—io9

“More than a clever entertainment, and does more than just prove that Bermejo is a fine writer.” —The Morton Report

“Some artists like Bermejo seem to be regarded as having objectively beautiful illustrations. Bermejo is able to take characters we know and love and give them a sinister and realistic twist that makes them pop out of the pages. Batman Noel is worth picking up for the artwork alone."—Bloody_Disgusting.com, Pick of the Week

“Gives the classic story the dark edge that's inherent in anything set in Gotham City.”—Newsarama

“Lush.”—Comic Book Resources

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401232139
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
155,857
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

Lee Bermejo began drawing comics in 1997 for WildStorm Studios in San Diego at age 19. He collaborated with acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello on the graphic novels JOKER, LUTHOR and BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH, and worked with writer John Arcudi on the Superman feature in WEDNESDAY COMICS. He has also worked on HELLBLAZER with writer Mike Carey and GLOBAL FREQUENCY with writer Warren Ellis. He has written and illustrated The New York Times best-selling book BATMAN: NOEL, as well as the new Vertigo series SUICIDERS.

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Batman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Black_Valkyrie More than 1 year ago
I think this comic is a "must have" for Batman's fans but also for people interested in illustrations. The artist's work here is absolutely gorgeous.
Scotman55 More than 1 year ago
OK, you want me to tell you a story? Batman: Noel is quite a graphic novel. It takes a tip from Charles Dickens and creates its own version of "A Christmas Carol," minus the ghosts. It is a commentary on the Dark Knight, a vigilante who tends to cross the line that others would fear to cross (Gordon said that). It's a narrative piece, where someone (we find out who at the end) is telling his kid a story, about Scrooge (Batman) and how he meets three people who make him take a look at his life and make some changes. As the novel says, some people need a wake-up call like getting hit with a baseball bat before they change! The hint of Christmas is muted in favor of a story of a guy (Bob) who is running some money for the Joker. The Batman jumps on Bob in his search for the Clown of Crime. The Bats has a run-in with Catwoman (who is nicely drawn) and Superman. The final confrontation with the Joker is meaningful and exciting in its storyline and art. Lee Bermejo draws some great panels. His use of shadow and light and conveying mood and mystery is really exciting. If I could nitpick, it's in the way he throws sweat and spit around. It's a good device to use, but it's over and over again to a point where the "spit" loses interest for me! Lee also wrote the story and the man really has a talent for the written word. Minimal, yet keeps it informal and interesting. Bottom Line: This is NOT an adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It's a deep, dark and sometimes frightening look at a man who has crossed the line and has lost all hope in his quest to beat down the criminal element and "reduce the criminal surplus population!" It's a story that a man can change with some conviction and some tough love! Highly recommended.
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Batmanfanatic007 More than 1 year ago
Fast shipping, quick responses and love The book! Brand new condition and everything. Thanks a million!
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This is an awesome novel, and it combines the awesomest hero with the oldest tale. good job LB!
mg4 More than 1 year ago
Ba! Hambug! This collection takes the classic tale of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, and twists it into the world of Batman. Batman, (of course!) is Scrooge, with members of his supporting cast taking on other roles such as Catwoman, Superman, and the Joker taking on the those of the Christmas Spirits, and Robin as Jacob Marley. Sounds Strange, right? But the way the story plays out is actually quite intelligent, funny, and heart warming. It's definitely the graphic novel you want to add to your shelf with its beautiful and breathtaking art and splendid storyline. Check it out today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic twist, on Dickens A Christmas Carol. A must read with excellent art!