Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Batman, Gotham After Midnight

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Batman: Gotham After Midnight – Steve Niles, Kelly Jones – 296 pages – Published 2009 by DC Comics

This novel contains 12 episodes of Batman stories, each full of action and crime and excitement. It includes Man-Bat, Axe-Man, Clayface, The Joker, Killer Croc, Catwoman, Scarecrow and the new villain, Midnight. At first, Batman is trying to figure out why his villains are suddenly changing their patterns. But then Midnight comes into the scene…

Batman becomes rather attached to a police officer, although Bruce Wayne has no success with her. But can he save her from this strange, crazy new murderer?

The detective side of this – especially toward the end, when Batman is close to discovering Midnight’s identity – is fantastic. Full of suspense. Of course, his encounters with the enemies are great, too. I wasn’t sure about his relationship with April, but I like how it all fit together in the end.

The inner monologue – and even the dialogue – wasn’t great. The text that was chosen for this also wasn’t the wisest. But the story got told and that’s all that really matters in the end.

And Alfred… I love him! He’s witty and smart, but also caring and wise when it comes to dealing with Batman. He often has to tell Batman to pull himself together and to stop being an idiot. I think he may be my favourite character.

The art was great and I liked the story, but the dodgy, clunky monologue was quite off-putting. Even so, it was an easy read still so it obviously wasn’t that bad. I think I’ll say 4 stars for this, though I may be being a little generous there.

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