“You. I’ll be you. The you you’re supposed to be. If you had killed Joker years ago, beyond what happened to me…you know what hell you would have saved this world. But no. His murder is a long list of sane acts you refuse to commit. You never cross that line. But I will.”
It was only a matter of time before I got around to reviewing my favourite graphic novel, and here it is with Batman: Under The Red Hood. Written by Judd Winick and drawn by Jeff Loeb, the story is centred on the conflict between Batman and Red Hood. The comic was adapted into a successful animated film, but there’s something more visceral about seeing it on the page.
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When a TV show becomes popular, it’s not surprising that an entire mythology spins out of it into other mediums. This is the case with Sons of Anarchy being adapted into a comic series and I’m going to review the first volume, collected as a graphic novel. Volume 1 runs parallel to Season 5 and it’s written by Christopher Golden and drawn by Damian Couceiro.
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“Criminals, by nature are a cowardly and superstitious lot. To instill fear into their hearts I became a bat. A monster in the night. And in doing so, have I become the very thing that all monsters become…alone?”
For my first graphic novel review I’m concentrating on Batman: Hush, written by Jeff Loeb and drawn by Jim Lee. It’s one of the most complex stories I’ve read in a long time, with Batman assaulted on all fronts by his greatest enemies. It begins with him rescuing a boy who has been kidnapped by Killer Croc. Catwoman makes off with the money and Batman chases her across the Gotham rooftops. The line to his grappling gun is cut and he falls into Crime Alley, fracturing his skull and leaving him to the mercy of thugs.
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