The Comics Gnome Poots Quality Not Quantity...
96 pages, hardcover, priced at $22.99 yet with taxes at checkout cost just under $25This centuries-spanning original graphic novel from legendary writer/artist WALTER SIMONSON shows how one of the silver coins Judas was paid to betray Jesus has had an impact on the DC Universe, with chapters starring THE GOLDEN GLADIATOR (73 A.D.), THE VIKING PRINCE (1000 A.D.), CAPTAIN FEAR (1720) and BAT LASH (1881). In the centerpiece of the book BATMAN faces TWO-FACE in an epic, present-day battle before the story blasts into the future for a final chapter set in the year 2087 starring MANHUNTER 2070!
I spied this on the shelf at the bookstore, the one with my bus stop just outside.
NOT my comicbook store. Not the Funnybook Bodega!
For me the best way to kill the 15 minutes waiting for the bus is to spend it thumbing through the comics section at the Kendall Sq. MIT COOP Bookstore.
And over the past two weeks I've bought two of the most intriguing (the other will come up when read ;P )
This particular tale I noticed a few weeks back and picked it up a few times.
I originally thought it was a collection of obscure Walt Simonson DC work in a mini from the 80s or 90s.
I was very wrong.
This was released September 2012. Fresh off the press & imagination factory.
What a great story, with changes in art and also fresh, bold new direction from a Master in the Art. Walter Simonson. He wrote, penciled & inked this.
I can get lost in this amazing book. I pour over the artwork, the layout, the style, the choices in coloring effects. The stories are all accessible and great classic comics, spanning eras, Ages and stroytelling techniques. The Batman story in itself is interpolated with newspaper clippings behind the black & white newspaper-style panel layouts. Visually as evocative & appealing as Moore & Gibbons' WATCHMEN then beyond. I love the manga flavor of MANHUNTER 2070 and the sepia tones of BAT LASH. The GOLDEN GLADIATOR, VIKING PRINCE and CAPTAIN FEAR were a 1-2-3 combo of the history of adventure comics then to the Western Gunslinger...
leading to a really solid Batman vs Two-Face story, well presented.
And I've yet to mention the Judas Coin itself. The literary device of Following a Shared Object through History. One shekel from the 30 pieces of Silver given to Judas Iscariot. It passes hands many times over 2,000 Years and ownership means calamity & doom!
This one is getting lent out to the Usual Suspects and re-read a few times.
Not your average comicbook but also not your average format. An handsome hardcover with just slightly bigger than comics-size pages, therefore the panels are bigger. And a great complete story. It's for all kinds of fans, new & old and it was done by one of the Bests in the Business.