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An overlooked gem!,
This review is from: Batman: Broken City (Batman (DC Comics Hardcover)) (Hardcover)
Just finished reading some editors' review on Amazon of other Batman graphic novels and was shocked at the great reviews given some mediocre books and the poor review given to this one, Broken City, which in my opinion is a masterpiece and comparable to works of Miller, Sale/Joeb! When I first bought it, I read it twice to figure out who killed who. It wasn't because the story was convoluted, which it is, but the artwork is so beautiful, so smart, that I would just study the panels and not pay attention to the story. Risso is the absolute master of using shadow and black areas to define his work. I've taken this book into several of my digital art classes, where we've dissected the shadows, panning of scenes etc. They are stunning! Every scene is drawn with meticulous care and serve as both luscious artwork and moving the story forward. My favorite scenes have to be Batman arguing with Croc reflected in the tire rims of the car, the beating Batman receives at the hand of the skinny Japanese girl where he finally graps her bracelet, and the point of view from inside Batman's mouth while he gives himself First Aid. Bruce Wayne grilling a steak while talking on the phone with the Gotham PD detective, "grilling relaxes me," has to be a new classic and provides a refreshing take of the tired old scenes from the batcave with Alfred making goofy remarks in the background. Many compare Risso to Miller and other artist, but I see a lot of Mignola in his work; dark areas with layers of meaning providing a background to Azzarello's noir story laden with biting humor. I know 100 Bullets is a popular, but I've never particularly cared for it, but this is different. Buy it for the art or for the story and even if you are not a Batman fan, you won't regret it.