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Batman: Batman and Son (New Edition) Paperback – Illustrated, February 4, 2014
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Meanwhile, mysterious Batman imposters begin to appear on the streets of Gotham. One of these imposters begins to kill cops, working his way towards Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. But after failing in his pursuit and being captured, Batman falls into a coma and his mind flashes back to a defining adventure in the life of a young Bruce Wayne... the hunt for his parents' killer!
Considered two of the most memorable and defining stories in creative powerhouse author Grant Morrison's celebrated run on the Dark Knight, Batman: Batman and Son is a tour de force of graphic storytelling. Featuring art from two of the industry's most transcendent stars, Andy Kubert (Flashpoint) and J.H. Williams III (Batwoman), the ripple effects of this graphic novel are still felt in DC's storytelling today. Collects Batman issues #655-658, #663-669 and #672-675.
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In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.
- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated edition (February 4, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401244025
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401244026
- Item Weight : 1.49 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.7 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #335,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fair warning, Grant Morrison is a very skilled writer. It's just that he has a very hard writing a plot in an order that makes sense. For years I've heard critiques of his writing style as confusing and nonsensical, but I never really dove much into his works. I read Morrison's Arkham Asylum, which is incredible and now Batman and Son. I feel that I can draw the conclusion that he has a uniquely dark and mystical take on Batman that gives Batman's villains horrendous twisted minds and violent tendencies, but his plots can be hard to follow. Numerous dream sequences and lack of explanations gravely impact the continuity of his stories.
However, the stories that are here are pretty engaging. The introduction to Damian Wayne and the way he writes Talia Al Ghul is great. There is a hyper graphic and violent story in the middle here where the art is 3-D renders of Batman and the Joker at odds that is definitely well written, but the lack of the comic book form might annoy people as it's designed like a short story with some pictures around it. It's an all time great Joker story though with a massive twist too!
The low point for me is Morrison's story about Batman taking on 3 fake Batman villains as it is filled with confusing plot points, dream sequences out the wazoo, and overall leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
The Black Glove story is great and is a wonderful murder mystery that sets up the events for Batman RIP. It's a blast!
In conclusion, there is a lot to like here. Damian's start is good, the fake Batman story is pretty terrible, The Joker story is phenomenal, and The Black Glove story is very nice.
I think this is the version you'll want to buy if you are trying to get into Morrison's Batman run. BUT READ ARKHAM ASYLUM FIRST! Then, you will have a better feel for Batman and Son. You will NOT have to buy The Black Glove book separately as it's included here in Batman and Son.
Embrace the confusing aspects of Morrison's writing and try to figure out what he's going for because his stories are certainly some of the most intense ever written for a Batman comic book. I swear the weird Joker short story is some genius level writing in such a strange style for Batman, but it's stunning as the same!
This is also the start of Grant Morrison's Batman run, which IGN dubbed the best comic run of the decade!!! Not sure I agree with that (the Batman and Robin part is definitely excellent) but if you're interested in jumping in, this is where to start, especially given the great value.
The "Batman and Son" component is really only the first 4 issues and that's my main gripe with this book is that this aspect doesn't go into more depth. *MINOR SPOILER BUT SERIOUSLY IT'S IN THE TITLE* Batman's son, Damian shows up wanting to train with Bruce and he has to deal with him. I can't believe Morrison didn't devote more time to this element. He's with Batman for 2-3 issues, leaves and then everyone moves on like nothing happened. I think a lot more time should have been devoted to this massive plot twist. Maybe I need to read The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul IDK.
The rest of the book revolves around the "Black Glove," an evil secret organization that's out to get Batman. The threads set up here are continued and concluded in Batman RIP so if you buy this, you should also pick that up to get the whole story!
I liked the Batman and Son part a lot even though it was short but the Black Glove parts were just ok to me. As per usual with Morrison, the story jumps around like a kid who's had his first coke and there are a half dozen plot threads going at one time. Many threads will be ignored or unresolved for long stretches of time until they are brought back in much later. As such, it's hard to criticize this book without looking at the arc as a whole, as a lot of this is just set up for RIP. That said, there's some definite goofiness here (a joker issue entirely in writing and a 3-issue Agatha Christie style murder mystery in an empty coastal mansion... And RIP has some zany parts as well...) Also, I don't think the payoff in RIP is that good. Morrison tries to make us think The Black Glove is this all-powerful, all-knowing organization but they never seemed that threatening, interesting, or even unique to me. Just another "Evil Society of Doom."
TLDR Not my favorite Batman arc but a great value and the start of one of the most infamous eras in Batman history! And if you get this, get Batman RIP because this and that comprise the entire arc.
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Damian's introduction is easily the weaker of the two stories and is arguably the weakest point in Morrison's Batman. Either way, many important plot points and characters are introduced here.
The second story, the Black Glove, is a fun exploration of new and really old Batman mythology framed around a fairly decent whodunit. It is well worth reading either way, but it does also establish characters and ideas that will be returned to later in the run.
Overall, it's a difficult book to rate. As an individual book, the Black Glove makes it a decent read but far from essential, but as the first step into Morrison's Batman run it can't be skipped. I would recommend anyone who has read some of the main Batman books and wants to really sink their teeth into more Batman to read the entire Morrison run, starting here, absolutely. A more casual reader would probably be better off skipping this one for something more accessible and self-contained.
This is some of grant morrison's finest work and proof that he has an amazing understanding of the batman character. The first part of the book is the "Batman and son" story line which is fantastic, then there is a two issue part about an old superhero team batman worked with, and then finaly there is a black glove storyline, in which a literal ghost from bruce's past comes back to haunt him, dont worry about this being confusing, its not, just go with it and understand that some of it is slightly abstract, you could read "the black casebook" before reading this but I have not, overall a great batman read that I would advise reading once you have a solid understanding base of the character, and I cannot wait to read the next book: Batman R.I.P
I enjoyed this novel mainly because I have reread it and read the follow up stories of Batman RIP and Batman Incorporated. When you know what's going on it is really enjoyable and entertaining, unfortunately you have to do some background work to get there. For this reason it gets four stars rather than five or three. Damian is introduced as a royal pain in the ass and got on alot of readers nerves straight away. He is an interesting concept that I believe deserves a place in the DC universe. Ive always wanted Bruce to have a child, someone to carry on the Wayne legacy genetically, So im glad he is introduced here and even happier that he eventually does develop into a likeable character (just not in this book).
As the book progresses and becomes less and less clear as to what going on it introduces us to the Three Ghosts of Batman, a mysterious trio of Batmen capable of giving Batman a run for his money and seemingly engineered specifically to take on the Bat. The characters introduced in this novel are all great concepts but unfortunately the confusing layout and gaps takes away from this positive point.
The Art is strong throughout with J.H. Williams and Tony S. Daniel being two of my favourite pencillers for Batman Novels. This novel is still definitely worth a read for regular Batman readers with a working knowledge of the Batman universe. I wouldn't recommend it to first time readers and should warn this wont be every bodies cup of tea so read a few reviews of the book before commiting to buy.
These are hefty volumes collecting several issues and a few arcs of plotlines.
Here we get the International Batmen, the debut of Damien, the 'Black Glove' and the wonderful issue number 666 with it's unique tale.
Artwork is of a high standard throughout and the writing is not as surreal and indecipherable as you may expect.