Monday, July 01, 2002

"BATMAN: BLINK" A "COMIC WORTH READING"

Here's a review from the "Comics Worth Reading" web site:

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #156
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Val Semeiks
Inker: Dan Green
DC Comics, 32 color pages, $2.25

"In this first chapter of a three-part story, a blind grifter with an unusual ability gets wrapped up in the case of a psychotic serial killer. The character of the thief is a nuanced one; although he's unrepentantly a crook, he's not a bad guy, and trying to do the right thing may cause him more harm than good.

It's a crime Dwayne McDuffie doesn't have more comic writing work. Here, he turns in a gem of a story, that's suspenseful, creative, and astonishing. Best of all, it's a detective story that could only work in a superhero universe, making it a terrific choice for a Batman tale. It's rare to see such talented use of these elements of the DCU. The dialogue is terrific, backed up by amazing art that captures every needed mood beautifully while still being attractive to look at.

It's the little touches that make it so special. Every page has some mention of sight or looking or pictures, as suits the overall theme of blindness and observation. Yet these items aren't called attention to; they fit right into the flow, making for a deeper reading experience without filler or fluff. If Mr. McDuffie nails the ending, this might be a perfect superhero comic. It's brilliant."