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Black Bat (Return of the Originals) Paperback – July 19, 2011

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Product Details

  • 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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By Barry Reese on August 18, 2011
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I'm a big fan of Mike Bullock's run on The Phantom. So when Moonstone announced their "Return of the Originals" projects, I was intrigued to see Bullock's name on both a revival (The Black Bat) and a new creation (Death Angel). This collection collects stories of both characters, though the cover is a bit misleading -- it prominently features The Black Bat, with a relatively small "Also Starring Death Angel" logo on the lower right. There aren't enough Black Bat pages to make it a graphic novel on its own so I understand the inclusion of Death Angel but I would have preferred a title that made it clearer that this was, in fact, a book with equal amounts of both heroes.

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.
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I enjoyed the Black Bat portion of the stories, though what time period it's supposedly all set in left me confused (The Return of the Originals is supposed to take place during the Pulp Era, 1930's-1950's, but a lot of it feels like it's taking place in more contemporary times). It was also hard to follow the chronology of events. The Death Angel is a cool character concept, but feels slightly out of place in a pulp story. She (yes it's a she) would make for a great foil for someone like Batman or Spiderman, but for the Black Bat it felt a bit... off.

But I liked it, warts and all... but moreso for the title character (and how he was handled) than anything else.
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Let me say that as far as physical or written damage is concerned, this book has none. It is written and illustrated with care, and the storyline isn't bad, nor is the art. So what's my beef?

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...
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The Black Bat Graphic novel from Moonstone is a good read. The original character, Death Angel, and the pulp character, Black Bat, are cut from similar cloth. Actually, the difference between them is best illustrated by a comment that the Black Bat utters at the end of one of the stories.

"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.

Tim Lasiuta
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