Hey, this is Amber here and my first posting will of course be on something Batman related. If you ask me who’s my favorite comic book character ever created, it would be him.
On to the review, since it’s almost Christmas, I thought I’d review Batman Noel.
The story is based off of “A Christmas Carol” and Lee Bermejo lives up to that grand predecessor in both story and artwork. To be honest, before I read this, I thought how can Batman be portrayed as Scrooge? His core belief is one of that the people he tries to save should always come first. This book shows us that in fact Batman is still human and sometimes needs a wake-up call to get back on the right track. His relentless war on crime can sometimes lead to an unhealthy obsession with vengeance rather than justice.
Batman must make a decision in the story that involves risking a parent’s life in exchange for capturing the Joker. Mind you, Bob (the parent and narrator) is no saint, but he’s not a bad guy at heart. He’s down on his luck and he’s only doing the Joker’s errands to make ends meat for his son.
We all know that Batman was born the night his parents died in front of him. The prospect of leaving a child parentless should have been prioritized in his mind as the most important thing he had to prevent. Instead, he uses Bob as bait to get to the Joker. Throughout the story, we see his friends and colleagues try to persuade him to remember who he was fighting for. He would normally never risk a kid’s childhood for the sake of justice, but he’s in that kind of mood. Can you really blame him?
Moving on, the story takes such a creative spin with the visits of the three ghosts that I can’t even do it justice. On a random note, I have never liked the idea that Jason Todd (the second Robin) was brought back to life through Superboy Prime by hitting the universe wall or whatever it was called. This story chooses to keep him dead and act as the Jacob Marley of the story. It was a good prelude for what was to come. Catwoman got to play the role of Christmas Past. Bruce didn’t have a childhood so this was the closest thing we could get to in terms of having fun in his youthful days. Superman as Christmas Present was spot on. But the best part of this novel had to be the Joker’s bit. Not a word during his visit, but he still brought the message home.
Batman then has the realization that his thirst for vengeance led him astray. He rectifies that right away and all is well in the end. For me, the most beautiful part in this entire story was the ending. The illustration shows how Bruce changed back to his old self and how the future was looking brighter.
All in all, the artwork complimented the story wonderfully and this book is one of those that you will want to bring out every Christmas for a fantastic spin on an old favorite.
Story = 5/5
Art = 5/5
Opinion = Buy this book whenever you get the chance. I loved it! ^_^