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A NEW YORK TIMES #1 Bestseller

In "The Black Mirror," a series of brutal murders pushes Batman's detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror House, Batman must fight for his life against one of Gotham City's oldest and most powerful evils!

Then, in a second story called "Hungry City," the corpse of a killer whale shows up on the floor of one of Gotham City's foremost banks. The event begins a strange and deadly mystery that will bring Batman face-to-face with the new, terrifying faces of organized crime in Gotham.

This volume collects Detective Comics #871-881.

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (7)
Lonesome Orange Kid
The book is awesome, the mask is creepy as hell. My child will have nightmares for the rest of his life. It wasn't a present for my child, I just jumped out from under his bed with it on. Didn't know boys could scream that high pitched. Suffered a bit of tinnitus from it, but I guess it's deserved.
This is one of the best Batman stories, for sure a must-have on the shelf. I would recommend it for almost anyone, even people who haven't picked up many comics before. If you don't know ANYTHING Batman, you might need to go on wikipedia for a little crash course on Batman chronology as this story takes place far along in the batman career - It isn't even Bruce Wayne under the cowl, it's his ward Dick Grayson. If that's already too intimidating, maybe read a couple starter trades before this, but make sure to come back here and give this book a read! (I'd say you should know generally who Oracle, Jim Gordon, Dick, and Red Robin are before reading, but it's honestly not too important, because the plot is very good anyway.)

The story is suspenseful and smartly crafted. Scott Snyder paints a good picture of Dick Grayson and I appreciate that because he is one of my favorite characters. He operates and thinks slightly differently than Bruce would, and it's subtle but it works well. The artist also captures this distinction. And man, whoever colored this trade sure knew their color theory! The art is extremely compelling and some pages left me staring at them just to admire the artwork. All in all super happy with this purchase.
Takes place during the Batman Reborn era in which Dick Grayson had taken over for Bruce after the latter's seeming death during Final Crisis. The Black Mirror sees Dick in the cowl and going up against a group of black market dealers who specialize in selling macabre weapons and trophies of Gotham's worst villains (such as the crowbar used to kill Jason Todd). While Dick fights to put a stop to the black market group, Commissioner Gordon struggles with the return of his mental ill son James Gordon Jr. In one of the best early tales of his Batman career, Scott Snyder weaves an intricate and disturbing tale of psychosis. James Jr. is one of the most creepy Batman villains to date and he proves his menace without superpowers or a flamboyant costume. Using great flashbacks, Snyder builds the story of Commissioner Gordon's slow realization that there is something wrong with his son and the horror he feels that he can't do more to help him. Featuring a terrific ambiguous ending, The Black Mirror is not only one of the best Batman Reborn/Dick Grayson era Batman stories, but one of the best stories of Snyder's early career with the character before his terrific run during the New 52.
Very good quality!! wish the book was hardcover though
Scott Snyder's run on Detective Comics after his Vertigo work with American Vampire and before his work on the New 52 Batman is interesting: this follows the Dick Grayson's Batman and the larger "family" as Bruce Wayne is running Batman, Incorporated, and the Gordon family is in particular prominence here. Snyder is definitely trying to bring a more noir element back to the Batman world after Grant Morrison blow that up expanding the Batman character into various other elements of Batman's mythology. Yet, Synder doesn't try to undo Morrison's work in anyway, just re-grounds in it a consistent tone. Jock's illustration work here is strong, but some reminiscent of Jim Lee's work on Batman.

This is several story arcs that appear separate but add into one coherent story about the Gotham and the Gordon family. Snyder does great work here, but one can also see why the soft re-boot was increasingly necessary for New 52 to make the larger continuity seem more consistent. This is strong writing and solid art, and Dick Grayson's Batman does feel enough like Bruce Wayne's for continuity to be there, but different enough to stand out. In a way, it was sad it was re-set so completely in New 52 despite the clear reasons for doing so. It, however, was a good hint to the feel of Snyder's run on the New 52 Batman with Bruce Wayne back primarily in Gotham.
I've read some good Joker stories over the years, most notably 'The Killing Joke' one-shot by Alan Moore. This arc compares very favorably to that. After DC (and Marvel) rebooted most of their lines in 2011, Scott Snyder took over Batman. The first two volumes saw Batman battle a mysterious ancient cult for the control of Gotham.

This volume sees the return of the Joker. After an inexplicable absence of a year the Joker makes a dramatic return to a life of mayhem and chaos. He raids the GCPD to steal his face from an icebox and from there lures Batman into an elaborate trap by systematically and slowly reenacting his famous crimes from the past. Joker's tactics and Batman's response puts a severe strain on Batman's relationship with his extended 'family', hence the title.

Snyder's Batman series is dark, constrained and tense. He likes to put the Dark Knight in the most perilous situations to test his mettle and his morals. Capullo's art is a good complement to this style. He keeps the panels crowded and cluttered and induces a real sense of claustrophobia and fear. Snyder has written the Joker just right, and in some parts he is incredibly creepy. The extent and scope of his crimes (which provides an unwanted glimpse into his twisted psyche) is downright terrifying. The conclusion is sort of bittersweet and a bit ambiguous. Readers will be left to wonder if the Joker really succeeded in his goals or not.

Years from now we will look back at this arc as one of the more memorable Batman stories. This deserves to be in the pantheon of great comic book arcs.

ISBN: 0857688006

Rating: 4.8/5

Votes: 947

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ISBN13: 978-0857688002

Publisher: Titan (2011)

Language: English

Pages: 192

Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: Scott Snyder
Title: Batman