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Comics: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
by Dee. 1/4/2018Greetings all:
Welcome to another set of reviews from comics in December: we have Gravedigger's Union and Batman: Creature of the Night (technically the end of November, but I was really interested in reviewing it).
Gravedigger's Union (Image) - Zombies, ghosts and vampires all inhabit the world, with the Gravedigger's Union being the traditional slayers of the undead. As you might expect, this is a story with a fair amount of gore, but also some wry humor. One of the zombies speaks prophetically, and has a medallion which leads to and reveals even more mysterious supernatural events and historical organizations.
The coloring style is interesting, with some hatch marks or dots mixed into the green tinged palette of the comic. The comic itself is laced with what appear to be almost like color printing errors, but gives the comic a bit more of the rough and unpolished feeling which permeates the story already. The other unique thing about the art is the artist behind it, Wes Craig, who did the art for Deadly Class (which was an excellent story in it's own right).
Batman: Creature of the Night (DC Comics) - This is the very powerful story of Bruce Wainwright, a boy who had grown enchanted by the story of Batman. The narrative of this story is told by two people, Bruce and his uncle "Alfred", with the distinction portrayed by Alfred's elegant script and by Bruce's slightly awkward and uneven print.
One of the best points that this book makes is that Batman is about mystery and shadows. This Batman appears more primal in nature, perhaps being fed by Bruce's dreams and need for justice. I don't want to spoil too much of this book, but I enjoyed this Batman tale from a perspective other than the third person, or Bruce Wayne's.
See you in the new year,