The first half of the book is Morrison rewriting Agatha Christie s AMAZING novel And Then There Were None, where a group of strangers go to an island to meet with a wealthy host and stay the weekend at his mansion only to find the host missing And then they start dying, one by one If you haven t read it, go check it out immediately, it is such a good read even though it s 80 years old at this point.
In The Island of Mister Mayhew we first see most of the members who would become Batman Incorporated Knight and Squire, Gaucho, Wingman, Man of Bats and his son Raven Red, and who, in the 1950s, along with Batman and Robin, were part of the Club of Heroes Morrison s thesis in his Batman run is that everything counts every story from Detective Comics 27 to the present day, including the 60s TV show, the movies, the Bat nipples, everything It all counts, it all happened to one man it all happened to Batman So stuff like the 1950s Club of Heroes gets referenced and even zanier stuff gets pulled later on in the run Bear that in mind when reading this Morrison s creating new stuff for the character, most notably Damian, but he s also bringing back obscure Batman characters and referencing stuff even the most hardcore Batman fans will have trouble placing This is basically the Batmaniest Batman series you ll ever read Batman and Robin Tim Drake head to Mayhew s island the wealthy benefactor who wasn t Bruce Wayne who funded the Club to meet up with the other heroes for what they think is a fun get together after years apart only to find Mayhew not there And then they start dying, one by one.
It s a great story with fantastic art from the JH Williams III who really knows how to lay out an interesting page, let alone draw a splash page like no other Plus if you re a big fan of Batman Incorporated like me, you ll enjoy spending time once again with members like Knight and Squire and the mysterious Wingman.
The second part of the book is where things get a little psychedelic Continuing the story from Batman and Son, the Batman replacements who ve suddenly emerged in Gotham, show up again, this time holding the GCPD hostage and temporarily defeating Batman Here we find out their dark origins and purpose just as Bruce descends into a coma like state where he flashes back to a time when he took part in an isolation experiment in the Himalayas a hallucination within a hallucination Joe Chill in Hell is the storyline where things get really weird, heralded by the arrival of Batmite and the mysterious phrase Zurr En Arrh.
Reading this second part the first time, I know I was damn confused Returning to it now, I know it links with Batman RIP and later stories so it s less confusing, but it s still a very trippy read Also, the book is called The Black Glove but this book only barely scratches the surface of that shadowy group so you finish the book still not knowing who the hell or what the hell the Black Glove is which is a little unsatisfying And Jezebel Jet She hasn t really stood out much as an interesting character Sure, she s sexy as hell, but aren t they all These are minor complaints though, if you re a Batman fan, you ll love this, especially if you enjoy being challenged and don t mind a non linear read Which, by the way, in the biggest mainstream comic of them all That s pretty damn cool Morrison continues his excellent Batman run in The Black Glove, telling new and exciting stories with one of the oldest characters of them all, and finding new things to say about him.
5 starsThe book felt pretty choppy to me I kind of get it, because I ve already read the stories that came after it, but I can t imagine what I would have thought of it otherwise Between the abrupt changes in the story and the multitude of loose ends just left dangling Eh It s Morrison.
I think Mike s review summed it up pretty nicely Too bad I m too retarded to figure out how to put a link in here to it.
Two distinct stories in this volume and they go together about as well as peanut butter on egg rolls The initial outing is a costumed vigilante version of Ten Little Indians a.
a And Then There Were None including the stuck on an island bit, and featuring Batman s international offspring that was okay but derivative The latter story back on the miserably mean streets of Gotham noticeably violently shifts gears and was of interest A similarly dressed character, who is revealed to be a failed crime fighting experiment by the city, unexpectedly appears and immediately causes trouble It ends with cliff hanger, so of course I now want to get a copy of the follow up Batman R.
Welp I have this volume in my collection even though it s all in my Batman and Son Deluxe Edition I went through this to see how it plays out without the first story arc that mentions Jezebel Jet in Batman and Son This volume clearly has two distinct stories in one The first story arc revolves around The Black Glove and the whole costume party in a lone mansion where a person gets killed, one by one The artwork for this story arc is splendid and unique The difference with the second half of the volume is very obvious, but they have one thing in common They convey Morrison s singular style with ease While The Black Glove story arc can be quite confusing, it still manages to deliver a rather entertaining plotline for readers to enjoy.
The second story arc continues the whole mess around surrogate Batmen by now showing one of them using Gordon as a bait In all honesty, this story was quite interesting I liked the whole idea where they revisit Batman s past, where he once tried an experiment to see what it s like to be in a certain person s mindset A lot happens in this story arc, but the ending will keep you hooked and conjure you to get your hands on Batman R.
S A full review to come.
Yours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog WOW Batman The Black Gloveblew me away It contains some masterful writing I will warn you ahead of time, that in order to make sense of Batman The Black Gloveyou must read Batman The Black Casebook Without this you will be lost I think Batman The Black Glove is perhaps the most underrated chapter of Grant Morrison s Batman run based on reviews I have seen on Goodreads Make no mistake this is an indispensable piece of the R.
The book is separated by two stories the first being a murder mystery where Batman and Robin, along with the Batman of All Nations, are led to an island where a supposed reunion is being held, only to find out they will be hunted down one by one Consider it like Clue, but for a Batman comic and on speed Grant Morrison again calls upon the Detective Comic s stories from the 1950 s and ties it in nicely with today s continuity But the real treat is the coming together of two great storytellers Grant Morrison and J.
H Williams III At the risk of sounding crazy this may be one of the most beautifully looking Batman stories I ve ever read J.
H Williams goes to great care and detail to separate this story from anything you ve ever seen in a Batman Comic From the way Batman appears slightly different than anyone else to the flashback pages that are done in the 50 s comic book style, even including coloring that extends just slightly past the panels, watermarks, and dot art This is anything but your throw away story John Mayhew plays a significant role and if you read closely many clues are thrown out as to the identity of the Black Glove The second story picks up right where Batman and Son left off, with Jezebel Jet and the 3 Batman Ghosts The events that unfold in the second half are some of the best of Morrison s run so far We get to the core of how the 3 Ghost Batmans came to be and 1 in particular takes Bruce to the edge of death where we get some awesome flashback and delusional scenes which switch back and forth without any exposition on where you are, leaving the reader at times confused, but a good confused Again, reading Batman The Black Casebook will really enhance your understanding of what s going on This is Morrison showing just how broken Bruce s mind is becoming as we follow him in and out of reality And this is the first real introduction we get to Doctor Hurt, who as you can imagine is playing a role in Bruce losing his grip Morrison s run has frequently extracted elements from DC s past and contemporized them in engaging ways indeed, the main villain of the first two thirds of his run, Doctor Hurt, is based on a character that briefly appears in the 1963 story Robin Dies At Dawn Not only is the Tony Daniel artwork beautiful but if you pay close attention to Morrison s story and try and keep up with the mind tricks that are going on with Bruce it really does start to come together The final chapter of this title has little to do with the continuing Dr Hurt and Ghost Batman storyline, is a masterpiece It may throw you, but this is the lead in to Batman R.
Pit s the icing on the cake as to where Bruce s mental state of being is in We begin to see the early stages of Doctor Hurt s attacks on Bruce s mind I admire how specific these references are, and I ve enjoyed researching the background of them We ve all had stories throughout our lives that mean little to anyone but ourselves whatever Morrison saw in these Fifties Sixties Batman Comics created a very contentious and intriguing Bat UniverseOn its own I could see how Batman The Black Glove could fail you absolutely have to read Batman and Son Batman The Black Casebook beforehand But, as a sequel it is brilliant.
I understand the desire of some comic book readers to skip the monthlies and move to these sort of collected trades so that they can have a larger chunk of the story at one time.
That mentality helps this collection get a second star, otherwise it would have gotten just the one The opening story not sure how many parts it was, this is one jumbled mess of a collection attempts to bring some of the goofier Batman stories of the 50s and 60s and bring them into modern day Batman continuity It works to a degree and provides a decent mystery.
However, Grant Morrison is out of his mind and the narrative is difficult to follow and the remaining stories are just a jumbled mess.
Some comic book fans laud Morrison and his story telling I admit I liked his X Men run and it was that run that had me buying some comics again after an 8 year absence, but man oh man is this collection just not my cup of tea.
While pretty to look at, some of the chapters seem to be odd just for the sake of being odd And unless you are a comic book historian which I often read that Morrison is, hence his use of bizarre and random older issues of Batman as launching points for some of these stories and hepped up on the goofballs , good luck following this mess.
Mysterious Batman Impostors Begin To Appear On The Streets Of Gotham One Of These Impostors Begins To Kill Cops, Working His Way Towards Police Comissioner Jim Gordon As He Tells His Tale And Waits For His Prize The Life Of The Dark Knight, In Exchange For The Lives Of The Precinct Cops After Being Capture And Subsequently Tortured By One Of The Impostors, Batman Falls Into A Coma And His Mind Flashes Back To A Defining Adventure In The Life Of Young Bruce Waynethe Hunt For His Parents Killer I thinkThe Black Glove is always where my comprehension of Morrison s run starts to break apart The main problem, as I see it, is that this is where the series becomes deeply intertwined with The Black Casebook, a collection of Silver Age stories that Morrison is heavily reliant on as inspiration so heavily reliant, in fact, that the flashbacks he incorporates here are given no real context, so you sort of have to have a couple books open side by side to absorb everything, further challenging an already challenging reading experience The other half of this problem is that he is drawing on storylines from 52, the series that was published simultaneous to his own run, and that documented a year of Batman s life prior to the beginning of Morrison s series It s all So Cool , but it s also just a bit much, to be honest.
What follows is my spoiler ridden account of the goings on in this book, because it is a lot view spoiler This volume covers two arcs The Black Glove three parter, and a four part story with no central title, but that could easily just be called prelude to RIP, as the book is basically a direct lead in to the next volume in Morrison s series.
In Black Glove Batman is invited to a meeting of the International Club of Heroes, a group of multicultural vigilantes originally introduced during the Silver Age The meeting of course turns deadly, as it becomes apparent that several members of the Club have teamed up with a mysterious organization called The Black Glove who is of course very intent on doing Batman in Of course Bats saves most of his friends and escapes, but he s unable to learn about his unseen foes.
Upon returning to Gotham, he immediately runs afoul of a third rogue police officer turned evil Batman the first two appeared in Batman and Son, Morrison s first volume, and a third was predicted in a subsequent feverdream when Batman was healing in between scraps This third negaBatman sure is able to incapacitate and capture ol Bats This of course leads to a full issue hallucination in which we learn that during his year abroad, Bruce Wayne underwent a meditative death simulation called the Th gal Ritual It is sort of suggested here that Bruce uses the ritual to recover from serious injuries, but that it also gives him some pretty intense flashbacks Various retconned Silver Age elements Morrison s bread and butter appear in Bruce s dreams Joe Chill, the Silver Age killer of Bruce s parents Bat Mite, interdimensional bat imp and scenes from Robin Dies at Dawn, a story that saw Batman undergo sensory deprivation in order to help the military do research on space flight yup.
This last is the most important component as Morrison discusses in The Black Casebook, he s retconned a nameless but ominous looking scientist from Robin Dies at Dawn to be, in fact, a supervillain named Doctor Hurt Not only did Hurt, we learn, do Creepy Science on Batman way back when he is also responsible for creating the rogue Batmen from willing, but troubled, police officers who d volunteered for an experimental supersoldier program All this information is meted out between hallucinations and monologues after Batman wakes up in his captor s torture chamber Fisticuffs ensue, but the negaBatman escapes, leaving Batman to wonder why these sleeper agents are coming after him now.
In the final issue of the volume, Bruce meets up with new girlfriend Jezabel Jet, who accuses him of being too distanced to date any longer Their dinner is interrupted by the Ten Eyed Man, a Silver Age villain who, due to 52 retconning, is now an exiled mystical martial artist from the lost city of Nanda Parbat where Batman received his Th gal training The TEM kidnaps Jezabel for not totally clear reasons, but is stopped when Bruce pummels him in a berserker rage prompting Jezabel to realize Bruce s dual identity.
Meanwhile, Talia al Ghul Bruce s former lover and Damian Wayne his newly introduced son hear of the attack on Bruce and Jezabel, and decide to take action hide spoiler