Batman: The Black Mirror

Batman: The Black Mirror

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by Scott Snyder, Jock, Francesco Francavilla
     
 

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In "The Black Mirror," a series of brutal murders pushes Batman's detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror House, Batman must fight for his life against one of Gotham City's oldest and most powerful evils!

Then, in a second story called "Hungry City," the corpse of a killer

Overview

In "The Black Mirror," a series of brutal murders pushes Batman's detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror House, Batman must fight for his life against one of Gotham City's oldest and most powerful evils!

Then, in a second story called "Hungry City," the corpse of a killer whale shows up on the floor of one of Gotham City's foremost banks. The event begins a strange and deadly mystery that will bring Batman face-to-face with the new, terrifying faces of organized crime in Gotham.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The art is beautiful. The writing is terrifyingly spectacular.” —IGN

“This is going to be one of those Batman stories I remember for a very long time, as a perfect marriage of story and art.”—iFanboy

“Scott Snyder, with rotating artists Jock and Francisco Francavilla, has solidified the title as the place for serious crime fiction in the Bat-universe.”—The A.V. Club

“Detective Comics follows the tried-and-true formula that has been working for decades, yet it also adds layers Batman with some much-needed character flaws. Not to mention, there's a heaping splash of atmospheric art by Jock.”—Complex Magazine

“Scott Snyder is, simply put, doing a career-making job…this is just killer stuff here….If you’re only reading one Batman book, it should be this one, folks.” —MTV Geek

"The best Batman arc in years."—Omnivoracious

Library Journal
Set just before the “New 52,” Dick Grayson becomes more comfortable in his role as Batman living in Wayne Manor and reflects on whether Gotham City is becoming even darker. Proof of this manifests itself in a secret auction of villain souvenirs for members of Gotham’s elite, the murder of an important bank owner’s secretary whose body is found stuffed inside the belly of an orca whale, and, most of all, the return of James Gordon Jr., Commissioner Gordon’s psychopathic son. James claims to be rehabilitated, but his stepsister Barbara (aka Batgirl, Oracle) refuses to believe him. Luckily, Batman doesn’t trust James’s transformation either and appears at a pivotal moment to stop him from killing Barbara.

Verdict A best-selling volume that reflects more of the engaging Grayson as Batman and part of a crucial story in the life of the Gordon family. Jock’s gritty, angular lines and Francavilla’s smooth retro style are different from each other, but their shared color palate of oranges, blues, and grays unifies them to create a polished blend. Highly recommended to Batman fans old and new.—Heather Williams, Whatcom Community Coll., Bellingham, WA
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401232061
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.44(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Snyder is one of comics' best young writers. His current works include BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE and SWAMP THING. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals. He teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence University and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his son, Jack Presley. He's currently at work on a novel for the Dial Press.

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Batman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Collects synders entire run of batman. Very dark brutal and twisted stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scott Snyder's writing is, amazing as it is dark. The artwork is great as well. If your a fan of Batman, this is an absolute must read. This is one of this years best graphic novels!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black Mirror is an amazingly fun book with near perfect dialogue, and a story to match. In this story Dick Grayson, (the first Robin,) has become Batman. The story has a few mini-arcs and one long arc. It revolves arround Dick, Jim Gordon, and Barbra Gordon for the most part. It's a very well written story. A must have for any fan of modern Batman comics.
scarletspyder19 More than 1 year ago
Black Mirror is literally one of the best Batman stories to date. Snyder brought in a terrific horror element that I have not seen in a Batman book in some time. Since this book was written with Dick Grayson in the cape and cowl, the story stayed true to the character of Dick Grayson who can sometimes be written poorly. It collects a year's worth of stories that brought in new and old characters. If you have not bought this book yet then you are doing a disservice to yourself especially if your are either a Batman or Dick Grayson fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thriller not for the faint of heart. But a definitely must for your batman collection.
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It was a decent book, but I wish it was Bruce Wayne as Batman and not Dick Grayson. Hes better as Nightwing and just isn't fit to be Batman.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the latest books added to Batman's seemingly endless library, "Black Mirror" reads more like a horror story than a comic book. That's a good thing, though. The story is fresh, exciting and reeeeally dark. I only have a few complaints. First of all, I know most people love Jock's artwork, but I really don't and find it to be just a poorly executed attempt to match what Dave McKean did on " Arkham Asylum". It does have it's highpoints though. The other thing is that this Batman is not Bruce, it's Richard Grayson. As a veteran fan, I can't really accept that. However, the book is by and large excellent. It has one of the best backups in years, with amazing artwork in that by Rafael Albuquerque, who illustrated Snyder's vampire story appropriately titled "American Vampire". So, in all, this story is a great one that once again proves that Scott Snyder is quite possibly the next Jeph Loeb.