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Batman: Noel Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, November 8, 2011
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“Simply terrific.”—Scripps Howard News Service
“The caped crusader channels the gravelly paranoia of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns while a desperate father working for the Joker lends the story its moral weight and inevitable humanitarian payoff.”—Paste Magazine
“Absolutely exquisite… I'd be more than happy to add reading "Batman: Noel" and watching it to my yearly yuletide festivities.”—Yahoo! Movies
"Bermejo has simply created an instant classic with BATMAN NOEL that is larger than any holiday."—Ain’t It Cool News
“Surprising, new, gorgeous to look at, and also incredibly heartfelt. So you know, the perfect stocking stuffer.”—MTV GEEK
“[Bermejo]’s incorporating his unique style to create a fresh kind of Batman tale, lending it a distinctive flavor that would be impossible for any other artist to replicate.”—IGN
“More than just a regular graphic novel.”—UGO
“More than a clever entertainment, and does more than just prove that Bermejo is a fine writer.” —The Morton Report
“Some artists like Bermejo seem to be regarded as having objectively beautiful illustrations. Bermejo is able to take characters we know and love and give them a sinister and realistic twist that makes them pop out of the pages. Batman Noel is worth picking up for the artwork alone."—Bloody_Disgusting.com, Pick of the Week
“Gives the classic story the dark edge that's inherent in anything set in Gotham City.”—Newsarama
“Lush.”—Comic Book Resources
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The plot of Batman: Noel revolves around Batman's attempts to use a common criminal, Bob, and his son to catch the Joker. Bob is an employee of Bruce Wayne who has reluctantly agreed to do a side job for the Joker on his day off. A very dark Batman is willing to put the lives of Bob and his son at risk to catch the Joker. In the story, Batman/Bruce Wayne's role is roughly parallel to that of Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic Dickens story. Superman, Catwoman and the Joker play rolls akin to the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Each of them reminds Batman of a different aspect of himself, forcing him to reflect on how he has become the person that he is. We also see some of how Batman the character has evolved from the more campy superhero of the 1960s to the grimmer one that dominates most Batman tales of today. At the same time, the story is really a very loose adaptation of Dickens's story, modified to capture the unique elements of Batman's world.
One great thing about this story is that anyone with even the most basic knowledge of Batman lore can pick it up and enjoy. It really works beautifully as a stand alone story and readers will be able to understand all aspects of it even if they have not been following developments with the Caped Crusader in the regularly published Batman comic books.Read more ›
Speaking of the story, I am hard pressed to not say that the story in Batman Noel is one of the better graphic novels I have read in a long time (which makes me feel a little bit like a traitor because I am a huge fan of Superman and I even enjoyed Batman Noel a little more than the recent novels I have read with Superman). I won't give any details away about the plot or overall story line, but the creativity that went into showing Batman and Charles Dickins side by side blew my mind. It seems kind of silly to put Batman and A Christmas Carol together but somehow this just works in Batman Noel and makes for an excellent read. You don't even need to know a lot about Batman to be able to pick up the novel and read it, so those unfamiliar or new to Batman should not be discouraged.
I strongly suggest that anyone interested in Batman picks up this amazing novel and gives it a try. I seriously doubt you will be disappointed.
Less exciting is the story itself. Is there anyone who hasn't read and/or seen Dickens' A Christmas Carol in some variation? Is anyone as tired as me of seeing it tweaked and redone for the millionth time? If not for the beautiful artwork, I would have regretted purchasing and reading this holiday-themed graphic novel.
Don't get me wrong; the book is worth it just for the artwork alone. But the story could have been more entertaining. 10 stars (out of 5) for the art; 3 for the average story.
It's the writing that's not quite up to the same level. This is Bermejo's first time as a writer for a comic, and he does a fine job. The story stays very true to Dickens's version. There are no real twists and turns here; it hits all the major beats of the sources material. But with source material as good as Dickens's classic, that's not really a bad thing. A Batman Christmas Carol is what the book promises on the cover, and that is what it delivers. But there've been so many versions of A Christmas Carol over the years, that I just kept finding myself wanting a little more. The story is good and enjoyable, but it doesn't really say or explore anything new about the Dark Knight.
Overall, I enjoyed Batman Noel and am proud to have it sitting on my shelf. The story is a fun holiday read, but it's Bermejo's artwork that is the real selling point here. It's almost worth picking up this book just to look at the pictures. If you're looking for a fun, but not entirely innovative, Batman holiday story, you won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
if you want christmas story , about batman, you should buy this one , it is pretty nice.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful retelling of A Christmas Carol. The Batman story and characters masterfully weaved into the plot of Dickens classic tale.Published 4 months ago by Chris Pihakis
OK, I admit it...I thought the idea of a Batman version of a Christmas Carol was a bit stupid. It would be hard to say Batman and Christmas is a natural mix, anyway, so this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terrapin Thunder
I think I'll keep this forever and put it in the 'Christmas Books' basket next to the tree every year. The art was amazing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jacob
great artwork/and such a killer story. bought the hard back to read to my son when he is older around christmasPublished 7 months ago by Zackery
Lee Bermejo is as wonderful a writer as he is an artist. Who knew?Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer