I just finished reading the Black Mirror and even though I have read other stuff from Scott Snyder this is the book that makes me want to "follow the artist" I hear that from folks that you should follow and artist and not a character and that always seemed like a betrayal to me. I finally get it. The Black Mirror has left me wanting more but in a good way. I'm definitely a snyderholic now.
When I read Batman books I expect to see grit and dysfunction and disturbing images and to feel less safe. I don't like any of those things but Batman and specifically Scott Snyder's Batman makes that ok. Especially Dick Grayson as Batman. Don't get me wrong I love Bruce Wayne but he's so intense all the time. It's nice to see the smile on Dick's face or hear a lighthearted comment that you just don't get with Bruce. I like dark but I prefer it to be more of a roller coaster. I get stressed out with Bruce sometimes.
I would recommend The Black Mirrior. It's got everything that a good Batman story should have.
What are your thoughts on The Black Mirror?
Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman.
Read it for the first time earlier this year. Loved it. I hadn't read much of the DickBats era before, and when I finished it I immediately wanted more. Top notch story and excellent art to go along with it.
Post by iamasianbatgirl on Sept 24, 2014 22:32:26 GMT -5
This book was a part of my reintroduction into the comic book world a couple years ago, and totally hooked me on Batbooks and Snyder. Somehow the dark (Gordon Jr.) and the light (Dick Grayson) harmonize so well. The dark, gritty, and unsettling nature of the crime/criminal/mystery highlight Grayson's lightness and that same lightness makes those gritty parts seem even darker in comparison (don't know if that makes sense to you guys). Anyways, it's definitely one of my favourite DC Books.
Post by goodeeveening on Sept 24, 2014 23:04:08 GMT -5
I haven't read any of the Batman books (Although I read Batgirl and Nightwing.)but I picked it up because I liked Dick Grayson. I wasn't sure what to expect andfrom the first couple of chapters I wasn't convinced that I would enjoy it. But about halfway in it just clicked for me and I loved the imagery and the story. Although I haven't read widely enough to judge between Bruce and Dick, I like Dick's lighter approach and attitude to wearing the suit.
Post by IncredibleD on Sept 24, 2014 23:39:50 GMT -5
One of my favourite stories ever.Amazing writing from Snyder and amazing art from Jock and Francavilla.I liked Dick Grayson as Batman and i liked seeing the little things that made him different from the Bruce Wayne Batman.Its been a couple of years since i read the Hardcover and i've forgot some things, so think i'll read it again sometime soon.
This was one of the first books I read when I was getting back into comics. I had no idea what was going on with Batman, or the DC universe, or who Scott Snyder was, but it was so highly recommended I decided to pick it up. When I started reading it and realized Dick Grayson was Batman I immediately decided it was going to suck, but I still kept reading. By the end I wanted more Dick Grayson as Batman and honestly would have been perfectly fine if he had remained as Batman.
Post by captainsaxon on Sept 28, 2014 9:29:30 GMT -5
I read this story for the first time a few weeks ago. I have to admit that I loved it, and it may - aside from Death of the Family, be my favorite thing that Scott Snyder has done. This book gave me nightmares for a few nights. The art was pretty good, not my style, but it fit. I like how it server that ancillary characters of the bat universe so well, and really showed how scary James Jr. was.
Post by inspector854 on Oct 1, 2014 9:02:27 GMT -5
After a 30-plus year break in reading comics, got back into the groove a few years back & picked up the Court of Owls TPBs, which was a great story line. Grabbed a used Black Mirror TPB on bargain shelf for $5 awhile back, figured since Scott Snyder was the writer it was worth getting. Just read it this past weekend & Man was it worth the $5! Loved the Jim Jr. (& whole Gordon Family) story line. Dick as the Bats was a refreshing change & attitude to the (Not So) Dark Knight. After watching Gotham's premiere episode last week, then reading the Black Mirror with a Jim Gordon centered story arch was a perfect bookend for me. Snyder is a fabulous writer & the art was perfect for the feel & flow of the story lines.
I read this again last night it's just an amazing read. I follow creators not characters and this just proves why i follow Snyder. He is the man. James Jr. had a joker level creepiness to him. He jumped to the top of my fav villains list after I read this for the first time. I really hope he finds another hero to stalk again since he definitely won't fit in with the new Batgirl scene. Oh maybe in Secret Six i would so love that.
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