Oh, it’s a special day at the comic shops today.
What do you get when you put a plethora of top industry talent together and give them the keys to the Batman mythos? Something absolutely remarkable, that’s what. A Batman storyline for the ages. One that adheres to decades of that character’s continuity, yet still finds ways to blaze new ground. A tale destined to be remembered as one of the most action-packed, mysterious, fun and absolutely crazed sequences of monthly comic book storytelling ever published.
And that kind of praise, of course, leads to a much-deserved deluxe hardcover compilation.
Originally published just over five years ago within the pages of the monthly Batman comic book, Batman: The Black Glove Deluxe Edition hardcover actually compiles a few different storylines that all exist within an overarching theme. In its 384 oversized pages (whew!), you’ll get writer Grant Morrison’s first kick at the Dark Knight can when Bruce Wayne shockingly discovers the existence of his son Damian, raised by his arch enemy! Talk about breaking new ground with an old character!
Then, Morrison mines obscure Batman storylines from the 1960’s and 1970’s when he introduces a league of (obscure) global heroes, all influenced by our titular hero, as they face both a killer on a remote island and the emergence of a shadowy organization called The Black Glove, bent on destroying Batman.
Joining Morrison are some of the best artists you could ever imagine on a series like this. Industry legend Andy Kubert illustrates that first story arc, but it’s J.H. Williams’ work on The Black Glove proper that really stands out as something genre breaking. His visuals are truly a work of art. And then we’ve got John Van Fleet, painting an absolutely frightening, Joker-centric, prose story.
The mysteries that Morrison weaved within his storylines (and there were so many!) were uncovered, debated, dissected, analyzed and debated again throughout comic book online message boards when The Black Glove was originally published – to a degree I had never witnessed before. Shocking revelations fuelled even more fan speculation and Morrison’s Batman run was one of the most well received and well sold in recent history.
So make the run today and pick up Batman: The Black Glove Deluxe Edition and get in on one of the greatest long-form Batman storylines you’re likely to read. You’re going to love it. And when you do, go pick up the continuing storyline in the absolutely crazy Batman R.I.P. Deluxe Edition hardcover, already available.
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!