Exile’s Read of the Week – 12/16/09 – BATMAN 80 Page Giant
I almost didn’t pick this book up. I passed it the first time down the rack. I am glad I picked it up on the way back. It was also low on my stack to read, which was pretty big this week, and I didn’t get to it until Saturday afternoon, just as the snow began to fall here in NYC. Maybe that set me in the right mood for this collection of tales set on a snowy night in Gotham. Of the 8 stores, I think my favorite was the Catwoman tale, “No Two Alike”. Rocha and Finny’s painted photo realistic style stood out. And the story had a gritty realistic tone as well.
After that, I enjoyed “Pure as the Driven Snow”, the story of Alfred’s night with a prostitute (Yes, you read that right.) Also enjoyable was Commission Gordan’s rematch with Mr. Freeze, “What Falls Below”.
The remaining stories are all great fun. The only one that left me cold, if you pardon the expression, was “The Wilt” starring Poison Ivy. It just didn’t seem to fit in with what they are doing with her in Gotham City Sirens. Two characters I did not know were also featured, The Saint, who appears to be brand new, and the Veil. Both stories fill in back story for the characters. I am sure they will both turn up in other places soon.
The final one page strip by Steve Niles and Stephanie Buscema had wonderful animated feel to it. I would love to see what they would do with 8-22 pages.
This whole special was a winter wonderland of Batman tales.
And to think I was almost a grinch and passed on it.