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Batman Black & White: A Black And White World

DC Comics (comiXology release date: June 23, 2010)

WRITER: Neil Gaiman

ARTIST: Simon Bisley

Batman: Black And White was an anthology of short stories where the writers got to do different things with Batman and cast. This story is an excerpt from the collection.

Batman comes to the studio but Commissioner Gordon’s scene is running over. So he sits in the waiting room with Joker, discussing the problems of being a comic book star and rehearsing for the next scene they’re going to film together. After the scene is filmed they head to the commissary. It’s actually kind of an interesting look behind the scenes at making a comic as if it were a TV show or something. Considering the premise of my comic I kind of have to get behind that. It is fun seeing Batman and the Joker hanging out in the green room waiting to record their scene and then shooting it. I also like the gag about only having Time magazine and not Newsweek as “company policy”. Doesn’t AT&T own Time now?

However, I’m not really a fan of the art. The linework is too exaggerated, occasionally ugly (at least to me, you may have a different perspective) and I don’t even know what’s going on in the last panel. Also, why is the Joker wearing a swastika on his armband? And why is Lobo the director?

Overall though it is a fun little story, and worth looking into.

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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