- Series: Return of the Originals
- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Moonstone (July 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933076968
- ISBN-13: 978-1933076966
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,122,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Bat (Return of the Originals) Paperback – July 19, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The front and back covers are by Tom Grindberg and are absolutely gorgeous. I really, really liked both images and I think the cover will definitely help sell a few copies. Super stuff.
Inside the book we get alternating Black Bat & Death Angel stories (both comic and prose), with one short teaming the two. In both cases, the heroes are tracking down drug pushers and the like. I was a little confused about the era these stories were set in -- some things in the Black Bat stories definitely made me think this was set in the 1930s (fashion, the language used, etc.) but Death Angel seemed more modern, both in design and in terms of her hi-tech nano-fiber tachyon-shooting power suit. The two characters interact, so obviously they are in the same era, whenever that may be.
Let's tackle The Black Bat first. This is not your father's Black Bat. As in the original stories, this is District Attorney Anthony Quinn. Blinded by a criminal's attack, Quinn later gets his vision restored and takes to the night as a vigilante.Read more ›
But I liked it, warts and all... but moreso for the title character (and how he was handled) than anything else.
Length. This book is so thin that I personally feel it is not worth the money. Is this the fault of the publishers or writer/artist? No. They completed their story, finished the project, and released a nice product.
The fault. dear Brutus, lies not with the ones who created this book, but with myself, that I failed to read the description closely.Everybody have a nice day.
Quoth the Raven...
"You don't like guns...?"
Okay, but you will scare the crap out of any thug who happens to cross your lines of justice, right? The shorter story that draws on Psalm 23 is very poetic, and reminds of a story Roy Thomas wrote for the Avengers based on Ozymandias. This is one of those gems that should get wide notice, and be nominated for an Eisner.
The short stories are good too, but the graphic design/font choice is somewhat hard on the eyes. Granted, the b/w book requires a difference font than a color book, so, I will excuse most of that.
I enjoyed the team up at the end of the book and look forward to more collaborations. Artwise, some one like Robert Castro or Jake Minor would make this book sing. Better yet, Mike Kaluta.
Buy this folks, for pulp to resurrect, we MUST support all pulp efforts.