I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dark Night:A True Batman Story by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso

This is not your typical Batman comic. It is written by Batman cartoon artist and writer Paul Dini who in the opening picture is in the hospital terribly beaten up. Then you go back in time to hear his life story. That of a kid who didn't belong and was picked on at school but who escaped in the comics and his imagination.  While talking to his therapist you follow the trajectory of his past and his present. He went to work for Tiny Toons before getting the job working on the Batman animated series.  His luck with women followed a predictable pattern of falling for women who had no interest in him but in what he could do for their careers by who he knew or what party or event he might go to like the Emmys.  But he seemed hell bent on not looking for another type of girl.

Then one night he gets attacked by two guys and mugged. He's lucky to not get killed. He makes it home but doesn't go to the hospital or see a doctor. Instead, he pops some aspirin and gets drunk and takes a hot bath--the worst thing he could have done.  The next day his sister comes over and seeing him, makes him go to the doctor who takes him to the hospital where he is to have facial surgery his face is that badly damaged and broken.

All the while this is going on characters from the Batman comics show up in his head to talk to him. He wants to know why Batman wasn't there to save him from the attack and Batman tells him that he could have seen the clues that there was trouble ahead and avoided it by crossing the street but that he didn't. The Joker is trying to convince him to join his side of anarchy and just let everything go, which he begins to do. He stops going into work and begins to drink heavily.

His boss won't give up on him even though the deadline for the Batman movie Mask of the Phantasm is looming he is still holding his scene for him.  But Paul is not feeling very friendly toward Batman right now.  Not that he's cozying up to the Joker either. He wants them all to leave him alone. This comic is brutal in its honesty at how a man loses his way and finds redemption through the very comic characters he has loved and drawn for years.

The drawing is soft and airy and fits the person the story is about which is Paul himself.  The colors are bright when they need to be, a soothing green when he talks to his therapist, but a dark blue during the darkest times of his life.  This comic is a true find.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Night-True-Batman-Story/dp/1401271367/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488550838&sr=1-1&keywords=dark+night+a+true+batman+story+paperback

No comments:

Post a Comment