Review VO – Batman: Creature of the Night Book One

Suffice to say that the new work of Busiek, announced in the same style as his Superman: Secret Identity, was highly anticipated. The pitch is quite promising: a young boy named Bruce Wainwright is passionate about Batman who is only a comicbook character here. His love for the character is reflected in his life, through his occupations, his exchanges with his family and his vision of the world. But when his parents are murdered by burglars, and he is seriously wounded by a bullet, his life changes dramatically. One thing remains unchanged: his attachment to Batman comics. But it could be that the latter is no longer a simple character on paper … Busiek irreproachable As said before, Kurt Busiek is known is recognized among fans of DC for his Superman: Secret Identity. Batman: Creature of the Night is a pretty similar story. Here, Busiek will deliver the story in a double narrative, complementing each other, answering each other. On the one hand, we have the story by Alfred, like a narrator present throughout the issue, speaking directly to the reader, on the other hand, Bruce tells his story, via a newspaper and is thus more distant from the reader . This double narration has two significant advantages. First, the pace is maintained and we are not bored. Secondly, and more importantly, it gives the scenario some relief. A perspective that one could not feel, or much less, if the author had let himself go to simple narration. Already seen will you say to me? Well no, not really. Unlike a Year One for example, the story remains focused on Bruce. And going back and forth between external and internal narration allows Bruce to develop at a higher level. What's interesting is that the external narrative is closer to us, while Bruce's narration remains a distant minimum. This contrast enhances the quality of the work. But that's not all. A secondary plot is from time to time addressing and really makes, but then really curious. We can say that we have just what is needed as a story for this first issue with what is necessary to make us want to immerse ourselves in the sequel. Misty and unhealthy The more we sink into this reading, the more we feel intrigued, but also somewhat lost and oppressed by history. If the style of Busiek is rather irreproachable, it is not easy to apprehend so far. We do not always know where we are headed and it is probably the replay that we really keep the story and we appreciate it more. The author alternates between very talkative pages and lighter pages in text. These are always present as Batman enters the scene. As if to underline its monstrosity, which reaches here summits. In fact, take your head off the Batman talking with Alfred in the Batcave, taking poses on a roof, investigating the alleys. No, here, Batman is a monster acting only as a vigilante and protector of Bruce. Finally … it's more complex than that and that's what makes the charm of this comicbook. It is essential to read it to understand this approach. And then, it should not spoil the discovery of this version of the character.When it is not about Batman, it is that Bruce is put forward. But here again what a mood! It is very dark in approach and childhood that will know this orphan will touch the reader by its extreme harshness, recalling that, if in the existing comics in this world, and by extension ours, Bruce Wayne becomes Batman after an event that is often only evoked or developed to justify what the character becomes, it is another thing of reality. A child has just lost his parents. When this happens, the gap between this loss and adulthood is not to be overlooked. That's what the comics come to correct. By attacking head-on a subject that is never developed, Busiek delivers something unusual with a striking realism, and this, in a fantastic world and all with brio.SublimeCe that allows to complete the success of this work, these are the wonderful drawings of John Paul Leon. A rather unknown draftsman, although he made covers for Sheriff of Babylon, surely chosen for his ability to stick to the style of Gerads. Here, the designer will deliver a remarkable job. Beyond the sublime traits that I will return to, it is the inking of the artist that allows to give a true identity to the number. Indeed, an important inking is present permanently, making it possible to reinforce the work of Busiek by installing a heavy atmosphere. The shadows play a primordial role in this story and are used in the service of what is told.As to features, we can see the finesse but also all the "imperfections", showing a work not corrupted by all digital retouching, or very little. We find ourselves in a style close to Gotham Central being much heavier, thanks to, first of all its inking as mentioned above, but also by thick lines and colors remaining in the same bluish tone, if it is a scene breaking the course of the issue and introducing the heart of the story. These different shades of blue remain dull, and no color will be really bright. When I tell you it's dark and heavy! Finally, Leon has this feature to thoroughly detail the foreground to leave the rest somehow overlooked, including characters. This is not a fault here. By detaching the scene from its environment, it allows to highlight the terrible loneliness experienced by Bruce. This is truly a most remarkable work. The conclusion will be brief. No doubt reading the year regarding Batman. Busiek's irreproachable writing, combined with Leon's features, inking and colors, heralds a masterpiece in the line of Secret Identity. We find the characteristics, but the universe presented here is extremely dark and will not necessarily please everyone. Nevertheless, it would be a shame to miss this rare nugget.What do you think … CONNECT TO GIVE YOUR OPINION! Sort by: Most RecentMain ScoreMost UsefulPrevious ScoreBe the first to give your opinion. {{{review.rating_title}}} See more

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