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Title:
Batman : the black mirror
Other title(s):
Black mirror
ISBN:
9781401232061

9781401232078

9780857688002
Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics, ©2011.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
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General Note:
Originally published in single magazine form in Detective comics 871-881.
Contents:
Black mirror: Part one of three / Scott Snyder: writer; Jock: artist and cover; David Baron: colors; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- Black mirror: Part two of three / Scott Snyder: writer; Jock: artist and cover; David Baron: colors; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- Black mirror: Part three of three / Scott Snyder: writer; Jock: artist and cover; David Baron: colors; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- Skeleton cases: pt. 1 of 3 / Scott Snyder: writer; Francesco Francavilla: art and colors; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- Skeleton cases: pt. 2 of 3 / Scott Snyder: writer; Francesco Francavilla: artist and colors; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- Skeleton cases: pt. 3 / Scott Snyder: story; Francesco Francavilla: art, cover and colors; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- Lost boys / Scott Snyder: writer; Francesco Francavilla: artist; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- Hungry city: Part one of three / Scott Snyder: writer; Jock: artist and cover; David Baron: colors; Sal Cipriano: letters -- Hungry city: Part two of three / Scott Snyder: writer; Jock: artist and cover; David Baron: colors; Sal Cipriano: letters -- Hungry city: Part three of three / Scott Snyder: writer; Jock: artist and cover; David Baron: colors; Sal Cipriano: letters -- Skeleton key / Scott Snyder: writer; Francesco Francavilla: artist; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- My dark architect / Scott Snyder: writer; Jock: artist and cover; Dave Baron: colors; Jared K. Fletcher: letters -- The face in the glass / Scott Snyder: writer; Jock and Francesco Francavilla: artists; David Baron and Francesco Francavilla: colors; Jared Fletcher: letters -- Batman: The black mirror sketches and designs -- First draft script for Skelton cases part one / Scott Snyder.
Summary:
A series of brutal murders push Batman's detective skills to the limit and force him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils. In a second story, 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.
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Written by SCOTT SNYDER Art by JOCK and FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA Cover by JOCK Don't miss this epic Batman mystery from Scott Snyder, creator of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, originally published in DETECTIVE COMICS #871-877! First, 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.


Author Notes

Scott Snyder is a multiple award-winning and bestselling American writer known for his 2006 short story collection Voodoo Heart, and his work in comic books, including American Vampire, Detective Comics, Batman, Batman: Gates of Gotham and Swamp Thing. Snyder graduated from Brown University in 1998 with a degree in creative writing, and then worked at Walt Disney World for about a year. Snyder's Disney World stint strongly influenced his writing; he later recalled, "it did a world of good for my writing. Snyder received his MFA from Columbia University in 2002. His first collection of stories, Voodoo Heart, was published by the Dial Press in June 2006 to highly positive reviews. The collection received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was a Kirkus Reviews "Hot Debut" of the year. Stephen King picked two of the included stories"Wreck" and "Dumpster Tuesday"for the 2007 The Best American Short Stories anthology shortlist. Voodoo Heart was shortlisted for The Story Prize in 2006. In 2009, Snyder began writing for Marvel Comics. His first foray into the genre was a one-shot focusing on the first Human Torch, part of Marvel's 70th anniversary celebrations. Since September 2011, Snyder has been writing both Batman and a new Swamp Thing ongoing series as part of The New 52, DC Comics' company-wide relaunch of all of its titles. Snyder will co-write Talon, a spin-off of the "Court of Owls" storyline in Batman, which will focus on a rogue Talon from the Court. In 2013 his title Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (the New 52) made The New york Times Best Seller List. Batman - Death of the Family Mask made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Dick Grayson, formerly Robin, has taken on Bruce Wayne's cowl and penthouse apartment, but struggles to feel at home in either. Though he now patrols Gotham as Batman, Grayson still shines through the cape and cowl: at the end of one of their signature rooftop meetings, Commissioner Gordon turns around to find Batman uncharacteristically still there. As much as the story is about Dick Grayson as Batman, though, the real intrigue involves Commissioner Gordon's family. The city is besieged by seemingly unrelated attacks from gangsters and supervillains. At the same time, Gordon's long-lost, troubled son reappears as a changed man. Snyder's story expertly prolongs the tension until the disturbing end, when readers finally learn the connections between the truly terrifying bad guy and the acts of gruesome violence. The segments featuring Jock's dynamic depiction of supervillains and gangsters contrast nicely with the splashy, saturated colors and heavy lines in Francavilla's chapters about the Gordon family. This darkly riveting story with gritty atmospherics is sure to please.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Set just before the "New 52," Dick Grayson becomes more comfortable in his role as Batman living in Wayne Manor and reflects on whether Gotham City is becoming even darker. Proof of this manifests itself in a secret auction of villain souvenirs for members of Gotham's elite, the murder of an important bank owner's secretary whose body is found stuffed inside the belly of an orca whale, and, most of all, the return of James Gordon Jr., Commissioner Gordon's psychopathic son. James claims to be rehabilitated, but his stepsister Barbara (aka Batgirl, Oracle) refuses to believe him. Luckily, Batman doesn't trust James's transformation either and appears at a pivotal moment to stop him from killing Barbara. Verdict A best-selling volume that reflects more of the engaging Grayson as Batman and part of a crucial story in the life of the Gordon family. Jock's gritty, angular lines and Francavilla's smooth retro style are different from each other, but their shared color palate of oranges, blues, and grays unifies them to create a polished blend. Highly recommended to Batman fans old and new.-Heather Williams, Whatcom Community Coll., Bellingham, WA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.