Batman: Shadow Of The Bat Review

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Batman: Shadow Of The Bat

By Alan Grant, Norm Breyfogle (Illustrator), Tim Sale (Illustrator), Dan Jurgens (Illustrator), Vincent Giarrano (Illustrator)

Arkham Asylum is known for its lunatic inmates, and, now, one in particular: Batman. After the murder of a police officer, the caped crusader has been sentenced to Arkham Asylum. While locked away, a serial killer lurks in the streets of Gotham, including the halls of Arkham. Can Batman capture this knife-wielding fiend or will his enemies reach him first?

Collects BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #1-12.

Summary from Goodreads.

Is Batman as crazy as the rest of the inmates of Arkham Asylum but we only perceive him as good? A valid question that Grant puts across in an interesting way.

Whilst this is not the main premise of Shadow Of The Bat, it does play a major role in how characters react around him and at time how he acts. The main plot is Batman is trying to figure out who is doing the latest string of copy-cat murders, or whether it is the original who has escaped from Arkham Asylum.

Whilst this plot was very interesting, it was the art style that ruined what otherwise could have been an thought provoking comic book. I think that I prefer the more modern art styles used in the DC Rebirth (Batwoman is one of my favourites), so this more traditional look from the 90’s just does not work.

I would call this a middle of the road book, not bad but not great either.

3/5

Have you read Batman: Shadow Of The Bat? Do you agree with my review? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!

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