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The Caped Crusader has been the all-abiding icon of justice and authority for generations. But in this surprising original graphic novel, we see Batman in a new light as the savior who helps a discouraged man recover from a brutal attack that left him unable to face the world.
In the 1990s, legendary writer Paul Dini had a flourishing career writing the hugely popular"Batman: The Animated Series"and"Tiny Toon Adventures." Walking home one evening, he was jumped and viciously beaten within an inch of his life. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including the Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, or perhaps because of it, Dini also alwaysimagined the Batman at his side, chivvying him along during his darkest moments.
A gripping graphic memoir of one writer s traumatic experience and his deep connection with his creative material, DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY is an original graphic novel that will resonate profoundly with fans. Art by the incredible and talented Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS, TRANSMETROPOLITAN)."
From our buyer, Spencer Simpson: "Paul Dini, most famous as a cartoonist who worked on the classic Batman The Animated Series, recounts his life leading to and after a brutal mugging that left him terrified to leave his house. He imagines Gotham’s Rogue Gallery feeding the negativity in his life while he struggles to make peace with himself and what has happened to him, looking to the stoicism and heroics of Batman to guide him forward."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Dini made a mark on the DC Universe writing various Batman projects in print (Mad Love) and on screen (Batman: The Animated Series), but he’s distanced himself from a real-life incident in the 1990s that shaped the way he approached stories of good and evil. While working on the Batman animated series, Dini was brutally mugged and left with extreme skull damage and an emotional toll that threatened to take him down. In this account of that event, Dini presents his life as one of disappointment; he reached the heights he always dreamed of in the field he loved, but grasped at the emptiness of the experience. It’s an extremely personal work that still hedges even as it reveals, partly out of self-preservation. The narrative structure—psychological action that unfolds through conversations with Batman and various villains—creates a perhaps unavoidable emotional distance with occasional Band-Aids over the dark void being hinted at. Risso’s (100 Bullets) art often goes where the narrative hesitates, offering a simple firsthand fable of pushing back the darkness. (June)