Batman: Death by Design (2016) Joe’s book review

batman death by design_3Batman: Death by Design is an aptly titled story that pairs striking visuals with a well constructed story.
Chip Kidd’s graphic novel is a 1930’s period piece that manages to balance all of the elements that make an enthralling Batman tale. A great Batman story must be able to balance Bruce’s character both in and out of the cowl, and bend both mystery and action, all of which Kidd succeeds at.

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Dave Taylor’s art truly shines in this book. The soft and immaculately rendered pencils build a Gotham that’s a pleasure to spend time in, and all of the retro-futurist technology kept me grinning throughout. The monochromatic look is broken throughout with lush pips of color that add whimsy and light to both the city and a couple fan favorites from Bats’ rogues’ gallery.

It’s hard to view art in a vacuum, and as the Dark Knight’s pop culture persona seems to grow ever darker-looking at you, Zach Snyder!- it was refreshing to see optimism and hope in Bruce. Batman: Death by Design reminded me of some of my favorite episodes from Batman The Animated Series.

Final Rating: Read It


                                      – Joe Sherry is a part-time professional writer and full-time professional werewolf. See his less geeky work at:

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