Batman: The Black Mirror
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While both seem to remark about the darkness of Gotham, the story really takes off near the end between the Joker showing up to add his particular brand of mayhem and Jim Jr. Batman goes up against The Dealer, Roadrunner, Tiger Shark, and even the Joker, but the most chilling villain in the Black Mirror is James Gordon Jr, the Commissioner's son. Sonia Branch meets up with Dick and tells him that she has gotten account requests from Gotham City's criminals who wants her to help them invest their money. Dick Grayson is the Cape Crusader in this version and Bruce Wayne is off recruiting other Batmen to be placed around the world. At the time of these comics' creation, Batman Bruce Wayne was still sort of dead-ish and/or traveling the globe and setting up Batman, Inc, so the title Batman is actually Dick Grayson, working with Alfred out of "the Bat Bunker" in downtown Gotham.
No wonder he's rocking the main Batman title still, even after four years since the launch of New 52. Commissioner Gordon tells Dick that his son came back, and asks Dick to meet him to make sure he's fine. James runs outside to escape, but his father shoots him in the legs and then stops him from jumping off a bridge. Instead, he has (no idea when) adopted Dick Grayson and is currently building a franchise (take a moment to appreciate that joke) while Dick has stopped being Robin and became Batman instead. has a successful meeting with Grayson, but afterwards it's revealed that he's still actively torturing people as a psychopath.It captures Dick as Batman so well it makes me so mad we didn't get the original 4-5 year plan of Dick as Batman. What's really quite fantastic about Snyder's writing (especially his dialogue) is not what's there but what's not - so much pointless exposition, all the extra details that any intelligent reader can fill in (or enjoy wondering about). But at it's heart it is about Dick's time as Batman and how he views the city of Gotham and how it might be changing into something darker and uglier than he thought.
In fact, those brief moments he soars in the skies are the happiest that Dick has ever been, right until he lands back on earth and faces the evils and malevolence that is required of the Dark Knight he now has to embody. Dick successfully defeats this monster, although the plane explodes and crashes into the harbor where no body is recovered. An abnormally large orca was found in Gotham Global Modern Bank, but Gotham City's police could not find out why due to someone tampering the cameras. I can't even think of another comic book villain that actually scared me but James was scary because he was so real, so plausible.Dick goes out to meet Sonia Zucco, but she tells she does not know who did it and asks him to leave. First Scott Snyder helped rescue vampires from the clutches of teen-age girls in his American Vampire series, and now he’s saving Batman from the muddled mess that Grant Morrison and DC had put him in. Unknown • Musketeer • Nightrunner • Nightwing • Onyx • Oracle • Orphan • Orpheus • Outsiders • Red Robin • Renee Montoya • Robin • Sarah Essen • Sasha Bordeaux • Signal • Silver St. His cold psychopathic tendencies are a sort of black mirror of the soul that Dick Grayson sees himself reflected in, they're completely at odds as the son of Batman and the son of Gotham. Time after time, they’ve saved their beloved city from itself, not allowing it to be swallowed by a pit of violence and corruption.
Commissioner Gordon meets up with Harvey Bullock on a crime where the aviary cages from the Mayor unlocked, and the culprit is Gordon's son and Barbara Gordon's half-brother James Gordon Junior. Set during a time when Dick Grayson, the original Robin, has taken up the mantle of Batman, this collection is part horror, part thriller, part mystery. During winter, James Gordon tries to capture a serial killer dubbed the " Peter Pan killer" who abducts children and kills them by burning them alive.Francesco Francavilla’s artwork in Commissioner Jim Gordon’s side of the story concerning his story are always shown in dark colorings and has a slight 80s artwork vibe which really brought a classic vibe to this story. Something about the art work goes really well with the story line which you can tell has been chosen for reason as it flicks to a different story, the artwork flicks with it. Long story short, this book surprised me and if you're looking for a Dick Grayson book, read Robin Year One or Nightwing. If there's going to be a bunch of comic books you want to start with, I'd say this is a bullet point book.