Batman: Noel

Batman: Noel

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nspired by Charles Dickens\' immortal classic A Christmas Carol, BATMAN: NOEL features different interpretations of The Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras. Along the way, Batman must come to terms with his past, present and future as he battles villains from the campy 1960s to dark and brooding menaces of today, while exploring what it means to be the hero that he is. Members of Batman\'s supporting cast enact roles analogous to those from A Christmas Carol, with Robin, Catwoman, Superman, The Joker and more playing roles that will be familiar to anyone who knows Dickens\' original holiday tale.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 280 x 12mm | 474g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • De luxe ed
  • 1401232132
  • 9781401232139
  • 47,478

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

Inspired by Charles Dickens' immortal classic A Christmas Carol,...
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"Amazing. This book is a visual treat."--The New York Times

"Simply terrific."--Scripps Howard News Service

"The caped crusader channels the gravelly paranoia of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns while a desperate father working for the Joker lends the story its moral weight and inevitable humanitarian payoff."--Paste Magazine

"Absolutely exquisite... I'd be more than happy to add reading "Batman: Noel" and watching it to my yearly yuletide festivities."--Yahoo! Movies

"Bermejo has simply created an instant classic with BATMAN NOEL that is larger than any holiday."--Ain't It Cool News

"Surprising, new, gorgeous to look at, and also incredibly heartfelt. So you know, the perfect stocking stuffer."--MTV GEEK

"[Bermejo]'s incorporating his unique style to create a fresh kind of Batman tale, lending it a distinctive flavor that would be impossible for any other artist to replicate."--IGN

"More than just a regular graphic novel."--UGO

"Gorgeously illustrated."--io9

"More than a clever entertainment, and does more than just prove that Bermejo is a fine writer." --The Morton Report

"Some artists like Bermejo seem to be regarded as having objectively beautiful illustrations. Bermejo is able to take characters we know and love and give them a sinister and realistic twist that makes them pop out of the pages. Batman Noel is worth picking up for the artwork alone.", Pick of the Week

"Gives the classic story the dark edge that's inherent in anything set in Gotham City."--Newsarama

"Lush."--Comic Book Resources
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About Lee Bermejo

Lee Bermejo began drawing comics in 1997 for WildStorm Studios in San Diego at age 19. He collaborated with acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello on the graphic novels JOKER, LUTHOR and BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH, and worked with writer John Arcudi on the Superman feature in WEDNESDAY COMICS. He has also worked on HELLBLAZER with writer Mike Carey and GLOBAL FREQUENCY with writer Warren Ellis. He has written and illustrated The New York Times best-selling book BATMAN: NOEL, as well as the new Vertigo series SUICIDERS.
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Rating details

8,222 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 38% (3,137)
4 35% (2,839)
3 21% (1,761)
2 5% (392)
1 1% (93)

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OK, you want me to tell you a story? Batman: Noel is quite a graphic novel. It takes a tip from Charles Dickens and creates its own version of "A Christmas Carol," minus the ghosts. It is a commentary on the Dark Knight, a vigilante who tends to cross the line that others would fear to cross (Gordon said that). It's a narrative piece, where someone (we find out who at the end) is telling his kid a story, about Scrooge (Batman) and how he meets three people who make him take a look at his life and make some changes. As the novel says, some people need a wake-up call like getting hit with a baseball bat before they change! The hint of Christmas is muted in favor of a story of a guy (Bob) who is running some money for the Joker. The Batman jumps on Bob in his search for the Clown of Crime. The Bats has a run-in with Catwoman (who is nicely drawn) and Superman. The final confrontation with the Joker is meaningful and exciting in its storyline and art. Lee Bermejo draws some great panels. His use of shadow and light and conveying mood and mystery is really exciting. If I could nitpick, it's in the way he throws sweat and spit around. It's a good device to use, but it's over and over again to a point where the "spit" loses interest for me! Lee also wrote the story and the man really has a talent for the written word. Minimal, yet keeps it informal and interesting. Bottom Line: This is NOT an adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It's a deep, dark and sometimes frightening look at a man who has crossed the line and has lost all hope in his quest to beat down the criminal element and "reduce the criminal surplus population!" It's a story that a man can change with some conviction and some tough love! Highly more
by James
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