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2017 Eisner Award Nominees

Kill or Be Killed, Saga, Paper Girls, Black Hammer, Criminal,  Astro City, Mockingbird & Beasts of Burden appear to be the nomination leaders. Details below Continue reading 2017 Eisner Award Nominees

Review of Dark Knight: A True Batman Story

379420._SX640_QL80_TTD_By Paul Dini & Eduardo Risso

Trauma comes in a variety of forms, sometimes more mental than physical, often very much a blend of the two. Regardless it is never easy to process privately, let alone share with others. That daunting task, though, is exactly what Paul Dini set out to do in his original graphic novel, Dark Knight: A True Batman Story. In the 90s, Dini was the victim of a random beating from two young men. While technically a mugging, as portrayed by Dini and artist Eduardo Risso, the robbery element seems almost an afterthought. The focus of the crime is very much the vicious glee with which they attack Dini. By simply telling the tale of his assault and recovering, Dini would have had a naturally poignant story. Instead, he deepens it further by placing the incident in the larger context of his life, not sparing any of his own character defects along the way. At the same time, he weaves his own story into the world of his beloved Batman. In the process, he creates a compelling narrative about his experience and how the colorful characters of Gotham helped him process it.

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