Among the many reboots happening at DC Comics comes the first issue of ‘Batman: Black and White,’ an anthology series featuring a variety of writers and artists for the five short stories.
“The Demon’s Fist” (James Tynion IV / Tradd Moore) presents the POV of one of Ra’s al Ghul’s assassins as he battles the Dark Knight. “Weight” (J.H. Williams III) sees Batman reflect on being the Guardian of Gotham. “First Flight” (Paul Dini / Andy Kubert) shows Batman defending the bat-cave against man-bat ninjas. “Sisyphus” (Emma Rios) tells of a spiritual experience Bruce Wayne goes on. “Metamorphosis” (G. Willow Wilson / Greg Smallwood) has Batman facing off against Killer Croc.
I enjoyed the stories and the art from every story. I thought they were all done well and had their strong points. Greg Capullo delivers an epic cover, of course. He is one of the coolest artists and I hope he gets more opportunities to draw Batman and Gotham City.
Of course, Paul Dini had the best story. He has a huge grasp of Batman as a character, mixing in an appearance by Alfred, Talia al Ghul, Swamp Thing, and the bat-ninjas. It was well-balanced and exciting, even for being such a short adventure. There really was not a worst. I thought they were all good and it was fun to read.
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