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Batman: The Black Glove Deluxe Edition Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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About the Author
Grant Morrison began his comics career in 1978, with contributions to the short-lived experimental comics magazine Near Myths. This promising start was immediately followed by eight years of poverty and unemployment. In 1986, however, he found himself working for Britain's 2000 AD, for whom he wrote the successful Zenith series. Morrison then found fame with acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL, as well as his subversive creator-owned titles such as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY and WE3. He has also written best-selling runs on JLA, SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY and New X-Men, ALL STAR SUPERMAN, 52 and BATMAN.
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The characters are king in Morrison's writing. The plot, while entertaining, is not the main draw; it is watching these characters respond to crisis. Enjoy the journey.
I love this book because it made a cynic love the batman family again.
My favorite part is how you can really read into every line and panel. For example, the opening scene shows 'Batman' using a gun, just as Batman is rising above it (literally, figuratively, and forshadowing! all in one panel!). Then you have Commissioner Gordon recovering from the effects of Joker Venom. As he talks to the nurse, he tells her to lighten up, then breaks the fourth wall demanding, "Everyone needs to lighten up!" Yes, that's Grant Morrison talking to you, the reader. Why? Because this book, and the collections that follow (such as Batman R.I.P., Final Crisis, Time and the Batman, Return of Bruce Wayne, Batman & Robin, Batman Incorporated, etc), will shatter any preconcieved notions you might hold about the Caped Crusader.
Another early issue has Bruce Wayne making an appearance at an art gallery feating "pop culture art," as in comics-inspired "high brow" four color, dotted panel paintings. The commentary about how there needs to be intelligence in the content, and not just "comics for comics sake," as well as the fourth wall comedy (such as a gun being fired, while a painted redition of the classic "POW!" action bubble hangs overhead) is simply genius.
Everything is in this first collection. Including the first hints that Morrison is going to take Batman into trippy acid psychedelic territory, as well as the international Batman, Inc. ("Gordon says I should get out of Gotham.") is all here. Its really a breathtaking book that can be enjoyed for multiple readings, especially if you have the entire Morrison collection to take it on as a full, complete story.
The love that was put into this labor shines brightly on every page, and the bells can be heard chiming in every line text. In Final Crisis, Batman confiscates the God-Bullet that kills Orion. And in one of his Batman books, its explained that the bullet is made of the idea of a bullet, and therefore consists of every bullet, ever. It is the bullet that shot Lincoln, its the bullet that was a 'shot heard 'round the world,' and its the bullet that killed his mother and the bullet that killed his father. In the same sense, Grant Morrison's entire Batman run gracefully explains how Batman is more than just a character in a story, but he is every character in every story.
And on a completely different level, Morrison uses Batman's drug/mind bending experiences to prostulate that the entire DC Universe takes place in Bruce's head. But that's a conversation for another day.
Lastly, its a great freaking Batman book. You can most easily read it on face value and enjoy it for every penny you send.