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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238902
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Praise for 100 BULLETS:

"Risso's noir-inspired art is striking."—Alternative Press

"Azzarello's harsh, twisty plotlines and tough-as-nails dialogue mesh with Risso's equally stylish and dark illustrations in the most seamless marriage of script and art in collaboratively created mainstream comics."—Booklist

Praise for SPACEMAN:

"Risso's always been an excellent draftsman, but he's doing his best work ever on SPACEMAN"—The Stranger

About the Author

A native of Leones, Argentina, Eduardo Risso began drawing professionally in 1981 with the magazine strips "Julio Cesar" and "El Angel." Risso first worked with writer Brian Azzarello on the 1998 Vertigo miniseries JONNY DOUBLE, which led to their partnership on 100 BULLETS and the graphic novel BATMAN: BROKEN CITY. Risso's work on 100 BULLETS has earned him three Eisner Awards, two Harvey Awards and the Yellow Kid Award. He illustrated the miniseries FLASHPOINT: KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE, and recently completed the miniseries SPACEMAN.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso make up one of comics' most enduring partnerships. Starting in the late 90s with Jonny Double and moving on to their career-defining Vertigo series 100 Bullets, the pair have created a tremendous comics legacy together. They've also done a lot of Batman stories together, all of which are collected together in one "deluxe" hardback edition, stripped of colour, in Batman Noir.

Collected in this book is a Batman/Zsasz short story called Scars from Batman Gotham Knight #8; the graphic novel Batman: Broken City; the Flashpoint mini-series Knight of Vengeance; and the 12-part/12 page Batman story from Wednesday Comics. This last one is a nice addition as Wednesday Comics is unfortunately out of print (at the moment) so this is the only place you can read this story without shelling out a fortune on eBay.

The focus in this book is Risso's art which is well suited to blacks and whites as his art utilises very heavy black inks and high contrast whites to tell Azzarello's noir-ish stories, so its a smart move from whoever at DC thought of reissuing the pair's work as a black and white edition.

The problem is that besides Knight of Vengeance, the stories themselves aren't very good. The Scars story is very dull and doesn't give much into Zsasz's character, while Broken City is a very dreary, overly complex gangster story, a pale shadow of the better kind Azzarello and Risso were telling in 100 Bullets - though Broken City actually works better in black and white to suit the noir-ish tone of Azzarello's tale. Wednesday Comics' story is your average noir/femme fatale tale that's too predictable to be very interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ERSInk . com on July 30, 2013
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"Batman Noir: Eduardo Risso: The Deluxe Edition" celebrates the work of the accomplished artist by stripping the illustrations down to their essential pencils and inks. The black and white hardcover collection contains four story arcs written by Brian Azzarello. The tales themselves perfectly match the tone of the drawings, bringing to mind crime thrillers of classic Hollywood like "The Maltese Falcon" and such others.

"Scars" is the first tale and it comes from Batman Gotham Knights #8. The Dark Knight arrives at the scene of a multiple homicide as Victor Zsasz admires his handiwork. Our hero wants to know why the criminal feels the need to commit these atrocities.

Secondly, "Broken City" has Batman simultaneously trying to solve the murders of three different victims. As he follows the clues, the body count starts to rise. The investigation has the Caped Crusader bumping into several of his most deadly foes, such as Killer Croc, Penguin, Scarface, and the Joker.

"Batman: Knight of Vengeance" shows us a world where Bruce Wayne is killed by mugger Joe Chill, leaving his grieving parents to cope with the loss of their only son. Doctor Thomas Wayne deals with the death by taking on the cape and cowl to become Batman. His mother Martha deals with the tragic incident by losing her sanity and taking on an alter ego that will leave readers shocked.

"Batman from Wednesday Comics" #1 through #12 have the Dark Knight Detective investigating the kidnapping and murder of an aged millionaire. The wealthy man's inheritance is going to his beautiful trophy wife. With no ransom demands made, all evidence points to his impatient spouse or spurned son.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Fish on June 26, 2013
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I bought this specifically because it is in black and white! This allows you to see the purity of Risso's line without the added murkiness f color.
Stark and striking, this is a beautiful book to be studied and appreciated.

Having said that, I would have never bought this if I hadn't seen it in person first. It's oversized and printed on nice paper that makes the blacks and whites really jump out.

Batman is a character that fits perfectly it no the world of Raymond Chandler or German expressionistic film, and this collection is a combination of both those themes.
Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander P. on June 13, 2013
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I've been somewhat critical of Eduardo Risso in the past, especially with his work on 100 Bullets. I'm just not a fan. With that said (for the umpteenth time); I really love his Batman. I'm specifically referring to Flashpoint World Of Flashpoint Batman TP, which is collected here as well.

While some might consider this book "too polished," stating its not fitting of an 'artist's edition,' I'd like you to consider that the artwork contained is 100% Risso. He drew it and inked it and it looks exactly how he wanted it to look. There's a Frank Miller quality to the work as a whole, akin to Sin City Volume 1: The Hard Goodbye (3rd Edition). And even though all the stories were written by Brian Azzarello, Risso gets top billing here and his name in the title because it really is his showcase. That's why the color has been removed; nothing here but that pure, pure Risso Batman noir.

The bad news for me (and maybe you) is that I didn't buy this to appreciate Risso's art. His art is absolutely fantastic in black & white, for the record. But I purchased this to add to my Batman collection of stories. The two stories I am missing are Broken City and 'Scars,' from Batman: Gotham Knights #8. Both of these stories were disappointing. They have a novice, surface-scratching quality about them that do not do Azzarello justice. The other two stories, Knight of Vengeance & Batman from Wednesday Comics, I have already in color formats. Had they removed the lettering (i.e. the words, thoughts, etc) as well as the coloring, and this was a PURE art book, then I'd have given it a full 5-star review.
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