Batman: Noel by Lee Bermejo

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Batman: Noel

Story and art by Lee Bermejo ; colors by Barbara Ciardo ; letters by Todd Klein ; foreword by Jim Lee

Collection:  Graphic Novels

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol, BATMAN: NOEL features different interpretations of The Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras.  Along the way, Batman must come to terms with his past, present and future as he battles villains from the campy 1960s to dark and brooding menaces of today, while exploring what it means to be the hero that he is. Members of Batman’s supporting cast enact roles analogous to those from A Christmas Carol, with Robin, Catwoman, Superman, The Joker and more playing roles that will be familiar to anyone who knows Dickens’ original holiday tale.

The story opens with a down-on-his-luck bloke named Bob, who works for Bruce Wayne, and makes a bad decision to work for the Joker.  Now Bob has Batman to contend with, and Batman is willing to do just about anything, including risk Bob and his ailing son, in order to get the Joker.  Has  Batman lost his humanity, compassion, and sense of honor?  Masterfully illustrated with a story well-told, Batman: Noel is perfect for reading any time of the year.

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