For Batman, the Dark Knight protector of Gotham City, the
world is simple: there's good and evil, black and white. Now,
using stark black and white linework and a film noir flavour,
a host of the biggest names in the industry have contributed
to a collection of twenty all-new short stories that represent
a high watermark in comics storytelling...
Black and White features
the stories and art of some of the biggest names in the industry
including Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira),
Brian Bolland (Judge Dredd), Simon Bisley (Lobo),
Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series), Kent Williams
(The Fountain), and many more, all of whom put their
own particular twist on the Batman universe.
of this collection, tales that I found particularly entertaining
included The Devil's Trumpet (Archie Goodwin/Jose Munoz)
which sees an old folk tale being revisited and given the
Batman treatment; A Black and White World (Neil
Gaiman/Simon Bisley) in which Batman and the Joker come face
to face again, however this time the two are merely actors
following their scripts. Sat in their dressing rooms, we soon
discover that both are consummate professionals; Bent Twigs
(Bill Sienkiewicz) in which Batman is asked to help a man
sort his apparently wayward son out. But it soon becomes apparent
that it's not the son who is a monster; An Innocent Guy
(Brian Bolland) in which a man realises that to be truly good
you must have tried being evil too in order prove that you
have voluntarily chosen the path of righteousness. But what
heinous crime can he commit?
the above selection represented my personal favourites, the
truth is that there is something here for everyone. If you
are looking for a collection of Batman related short
tales that you can dip in and out of then look no further.