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Batman Damned Book Review

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Title: Batman Damned

Genre: Superhero, Crime

Audience: Adult

Page Count: 176

Artist: Lee Bermejo

ISBN: 978-1779501455

Publisher: DC Comics - Black Label

Series: Batman

This review contains soft spoilers.

"Batman: Damned" presents a mixed bag of storytelling, where the narrative struggles to find its footing while the artwork shines brilliantly. Lee Bermejo's stunning illustrations elevate Gotham City to new heights of dark and atmospheric beauty, creating a visually immersive experience that is second to none. However, while the art captivates with its intricate details and moody aesthetics, the story itself falls short of expectations.

Amidst the sprawling narrative, the Enchantress storyline emerges as a noteworthy highlight, injecting a dose of mysticism and intrigue into Batman's world. Yet, even this captivating subplot fails to fully elevate the series, as the overall pacing and execution leave something to be desired. Each character introduction was just seemingly added to have the artist depict them in his style. There were few things happening that meant anything to the plot.

The Enchantress storyline does succeed in introducing new layers of complexity to Bruce's night at the theater, challenging both the character and the reader to confront forces beyond the realm of logic and reason. The clash between Batman's grounded reality and the Enchantress's supernatural abilities adds depth and nuance to the narrative, prompting moments of introspection and self-discovery for the Dark Knight.

Ultimately, while the story of "Batman: Damned" may be alright, the artwork is undeniably incredible. Bermejo's masterful illustrations bring Gotham City to life in all its gritty and foreboding glory, offering readers a visual feast that is as captivating as it is immersive. Despite its narrative shortcomings, "Batman: Damned" is a must-read for fans of the Caped Crusader, if only for the breathtaking artwork that graces its pages.

Batman Damned Book Review Book Review Ratings and Recommendation

Rating: 3/5

Recommended: Yes - for the art

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