Friday, May 20, 2016

Booknote: Batman: Europa

Matteo Casali and Brian Azzarello, Batman: Europa. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, 2016. ISBN: 9781401259709. 

From the description:

"The impossible has happened and Batman is on the verge of being taken down by an enemy he cannot defeat: a virus for which there is no cure! And the only hope for his salvation is the Joker! Who infected Batman, what does the Clown Prince of Crime know, and how will The Dark Knight get that information? Together, the enemies crisscross Europe, desperate to find answers before time runs out." 

Batman returns to the Batcave to discover his computer has been hacked. However, it turns out to be a very minor hack, no big deal. However, something else got hacked, or in this case, someone else: him. He has an incurable virus that he has no idea how he got, but the Joker, who is also infected with a virus of his own, may or not have something to do with it. The clues take them all over Europe, and both hero and villain are forced to work together to find a cure and solve the mystery.

The story grips you right away. Not much build up. Once Batman gets to the cave, the plot kicks in, and we are off to Europe. The story is full of turns and twists, but the truth is not revealed until the very end, and to many it will be quite the surprise. The ending was good, but it did feel a bit rushed towards the end. Still, this is a solid Batman tale that keeps you reading to the very end as you wonder how did Batman get infected, and if it was not the Joker, then who was it? In addition, the art was great. I found that some of the art reminded of me a bit of Arkham Asylum, and I do mean that in a good way. The art was dark, and it could be jarring at times.

This was a title that I really liked overall. I picked it up in large part because Brian Azzarello was one of the writers, and I have enjoyed his works before. Fans of that author will likely enjoy this as will Batman fans in general. For libraries, if you already collect Batman titles, this would make a good addition to your collection.

4 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2016 Reading Challenges:

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