LET’S TALK NOSTALGIA…
Back in the day, DC Comics used to really treat us readers to some special events that have since become outdated of sorts. Events like Invasion, The Dark Knight Returns and the Elseworlds titles. Stories and events that were set out of continuity of current story arcs. Stories that were made that were told over one to four books and span 40 to 50 pages. With 2016’s Rebirth initiative, DC is taking steps to return to their golden days.
IS THE BAT REALLY DAMNED?
It’s only matched by Bermejo’s art. Talk about take your breath away. Art leaves a big impression on me as a comic fan but there are some styles that are ghosts to me. They haunt me, they stay with me. Alex Ross and Kingdom Come is a prime example. Damned’s art is on par with these ghosts. It grips you like the ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge and never let’s you go. Balancing between paintings and realism, Bermejo will leave you with goosebumps.
Overall, Batman: Damned (Book One), leaves you with an intriguing story but more questions than answers. Returning to the heart of the prestige format stories, Batman ushers in a wave of fresh air. Azzarello is a Gotham City poet and leaves you wanting more. Bermejo crafts art for the book that will haunt your dreams as it balances museum art with the realism of life. Great start and interested to see where they go.
FINAL SCORE: 7.5/10
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