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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  10,165 ratings  ·  459 reviews
New from the New York Times best-selling writer of AMERICAN VAMPIRE!

In “The Black Mirror,” a series of brutal murders pushes Batman’s detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City’s oldest evils. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror House, Batman must fight for his life against one of Gotham City’s oldest and most powerful evils!

Then, in
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Titans Books (Wildstorm Comics) (first published November 23rd 2011)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Jan 15, 2015 Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* by: Jeff
My friend Hulk-boy wants me to read this so that I will quit giving my boyfriend Batman 2 and 3 stars. I hate to see Hulk boy cry.

and Batman kept agreeing with him.



So I read it.
I liked it okay! Quit judging me!


Some Mild Spoilery may happen. Proceed at your own risk

Bruce Wayne is not Batman in this book. I had no clue there were other Batman books out there that didn't contain the main man.


Dick Grayson is the Cape Crusader in this version and Bruce Wayne is off recruiting other Batmen to be p
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Dan 1.0
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Kemper
First Scott Snyder helped rescue vampires from the clutches of teen-age girls in his American Vampire series, and now he’s saving Batman from the muddled mess that Grant Morrison and DC had put him in. Snyder may be the biggest super-hero of them all.

Bruce Wayne is back from the dead or time travel or whatever the hell was going on, but he’s off recruiting people for his new version of an international army of crime fighters so Dick Grayson is still acting as Gotham’s Caped Crusader. Dick has to
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Dirk Grobbelaar
I normally find it difficult to write reviews for graphic novels, so I'll keep it really short.

There really is only one thing I want to say about this: it is probably one of the best Batman stories I have ever read.

Okay, maybe there is one more thing I should add: Dick Grayson is still Batman here, but even if this bothers you (and it really shouldn't), you owe it to yourself to read this if you're a fan of either the graphic medium or Batman comics.

Great story
Great art
Recommended


Ekairidium
I'm going to level with you now: you must pick this up one of these days and read it. You'll be glad you did. I spent about a week reading and reviewing each issue included for this stellar graphic novel written by the current Batman writer for New 52, Scott Snyder, and illustrated by artists Jock and Francesco Francavilla alternatively. Comprised of ten issues from Detective Comics #871-881 from the old DC continuity,The Black Mirroris set right after Bruce Wayne's supposed death and so, in his ...more
Ronyell
Black Mirror

6 stars!

Introduction:

Lately, I have been reading many “Batman” comics that came out during the 1980s and the 1990s, so that way I could be caught up with the “Batman” universe. But, after discovering some newer “Batman” comics, I wanted to try out some and one of the “Batman” stories that I had checked out was “Batman: The Black Mirror.” Now, after reading “Batman: Hush,” I said to myself that I wanted to read more “Batman” stories that featured Dick Grayson since I loved his character in
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Sam Quixote
With Bruce Wayne busy setting up Batman Incorporated, Dick Grayson (the first Robin) dons the cowl and becomes Gotham's Dark Knight. But as Grayson has been finding out since he became the Batman, it's not easy being the Caped Crusader and "The Black Mirror" shows him going up against a macabre and monstrous auctioneer of Batman paraphernalia called "The Dealer", a cyborg carjacker called "Roadrunner", a blind-folded pirate called "Tyger Shark", the Joker (of course) and the double-dealing Sonia ...more
Anne
3.5 stars

I think I'm probably going to get lynched for not being as enamored with The Black Mirror as everyone else seems to have been.

*Wait! Stop hitting me! I've got small children!*

I didn't say it wasn't good. It is. I just didn't...I don't know, lovelove it. I liked it it, just not in that way. It's not you, it's me. I don't know why we didn't connect on a deeper level, but I think it's best if I leave now. I'll call tomorrow, though. Really.
*cough, cough*
shuffles feet

Or something like that.
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Mike
Snyder and the artists do a good job of setting a subtly sinister and shadowed tone in this book, starting out with a sense of dread that seeps into the corners of the pages but does not confront us under direct gaze.

I enjoyed this book even despite the massive hype it's received. I noticed early on that the foreshadowing was just enough to let us know that even the immediate threats are just the opening gambit in a longer con on us readers - and I am completely complicit in being conned, becaus
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Jonathan

There is a particular crowd of readers who would no doubt look at a graphic novel like this and instantly dismiss it out of hand. For them graphic novels are merely flashy comic strips for the geeks and nerds of society. In short, on a subconscious level, they are disenfranchising a group of individuals for their reading choices. And yet, like a decent blockbuster film, there is a unique art form to the graphic novel that should never be ignored, regardless of the literary snobbery one aims to a
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Keith
What I've been thinking about Batman lately (assuming, as you should, that I am always thinking about Batman in some way or another) is that Batman might be over.

WAIT. Just chill out. All's I'm saying is that I've been thinking about what the DC reboot really means for all the long-running superheroes it affected last year. And while the whole of comic nerdom has been really focused on this new era of DC as the beginning of something, what's not being discussed so much is that, in a small way, t
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Brandon
Jul 09, 2012 Brandon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandon by: Sylvia
This was probably the easiest 5 stars I’ve ever awarded a book.

I’m not someone who follows Batman on a regular basis so I really appreciated the short blurb at the beginning bringing me up to speed on what’s been happening in Gotham leading up to this arc. Basically, Bruce Wayne was thought to have been killed. In his place, the original Robin, Dick Grayson, took up the mantle of The Dark Knight. Alongside Oracle, Commissioner Gordon and Tim Drake as the new Red Robin, Batman once again tries to
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Sesana
Set during the period of time when Dick Grayson was Batman, this lengthy (10 issue) storyline makes for a great showcase of Dick in the role. You can really see what makes him different from Bruce here, when he's put in a very similar role. I also really liked the few scenes he shared with his brother, Tim. I like reading the Bat-family best when they're allowed to be a family, and that was certainly the case here.

Characterization aside, Snyder nailed... pretty much everything else. It's quite G
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Jeff
This is the best Batman story I’ve read in a long time. My hat is off to Scott Snyder. The Batman here is Dick Grayson, formerly Robin and Nightwing. Upon taking the Cowl, he already has unique relationships with the members of the Batman family that are different from that of Bruce Wayne. This collection explores how Grayson, who has his own personal issues, finds his own niche in the Batman family dynamic as the new Caped Crusader.

Another family relationship that gets explored is the one betwe
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Sarah
Wow. Just. Wow.

I've been largely disappointed with Batman in recent years. The death of Bruce Wayne was eh, Batman and Robin with Dick and Daimen was painful, then bringing Bruce back to life was just boring. I have gotten away from reading the trades regularly.

Then there is Black Mirror. Holy shit, Black Mirror manages to do what Batman hasn't done in a good long while. Tell a story that is sequential, action packed, thought-provoking, and character-based... but also DEEPLY FUCKING CREEPY. Li
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Mike
I am a life long fan of both Batman and detective stories in general. I enjoy a good thriller and don't mind dark stories (The Killing Joke, for example). Dick Grayson has always been a favorite character of mine, so I have no problems with stories that focus on his time as Batman in Bruce's place.

Add it all up and season liberally with glowing reviews, and I expected to love Black Mirror.

Not so much.

This volume has many positives. The unique way being Batman affect Dick is well developed, the m
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Nick Kives
I'm not a character follower. I could care less about Batman if someone boring is writing him, and in saying that, if Scott Snyder is writing him, I would read every book of that. He knows how to do a good comic mystery and detective story. Reviewing this too much, I feel like would give away. If you like a well written superhero book, or a crime book, give this book a shot.
Christina
Creepy. I would like to say that upon finishing this book the first thing that came to my mind was, 'wow, creepy', but this feeling stuck with me throughout the whole thing. As far as comics go, this is a stunning read and to me, 5 stars without question. Snyder does such a great job of writing through these characters and making them real. I am relatively new to Batman as a whole and so I was thrilled to read this Batman as Dick Grayson and not Bruce Wayne. I really enjoyed this other side of t ...more
Jacobi
People have been calling this an instant classic, and the best Batman comic in years, which are sentiments I find little fault with. The Black Mirror is definitely up there. There is a major development/addition to the Bat-mythos in this story that (I believe) was introduced for the first time in this story. Initially, I was confused because it comes out of no where, but ultimately I enjoyed it because the development serves the story well. I won't go so far as putting this next to Dark Knight R ...more
Seth Hahne
Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francesco Francavilla

One of the weird things about my review site is that I rate genre books alongside, quote-unquote, more serious fare. I try to extend some graces to the contexts in which these books operate, but completely divorcing genres from the general expectations of the medium would perpetrate some pretty wild discrepancies. After all, how far could you trust someone who rated Twilight and Brothers Karamazov as being Great Books because Twilight succeeds at its goal of being a mindless-but-amusing supernat
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Tays
Well that was just extraordinary!!!

The Black Mirror is probably one of the best Batman stories I have ever read. Scott Snyder made fell everything all at once. Granted, it's quite bit dark than most stories - but well it's Batman and the character was always brooding and grim in his own way. This time though, instead of having Bruce Wayne for it, we get his first protege - Dick Grayson. Not that it made the character less interesting, because on the contrary I liked how Scott Snyder wrote Dick's
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John Yelverton
This book series has really been going through the motions as they anxiously await for the return of Bruce Wayne.
Justyn Rampa
Scott Snyder is currently writing the Batman title for DC's New 52, which has become my absolute favorite of the New 52. Before that, he wrote a series called "The Gates of Gotham" which though short, received lots of critical praise. In one review of an issue of Batman, the reviewer referenced a panel that included a new villain to Batman's gallery of rogues. I perked up and explored where he created this villain which led me to discover that his run on Detective Comics was being collected into ...more
Hex Dsl
Firstly, let me get the facts out written down before I get distracted by the review. The Black mirror (Hardback) was originally published in single issues as Detective Comics #871-877. It was Written by Scott Snyder with Art by the cryptically named 'Jock' and Francesco Francavilla.

The Black Mirror has been on my 'reading list' for literally Months now but a recent interview with Scott Snyder on Kevin Smiths 'Fatman on Batman' podcast made this title a little more wanted. Scott came across in t
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Aaron
This is the first comic I've read in quite a while that I put down and immediately wanted to read again. I finished the last few pages of this as slowly as possible, hoping to make it last a little longer. This may have become my favorite Batman story of all time, and I've read a LOT of Batman.

Scott Snyder has managed to lend a completely original voice to this, his run on Detective Comics. It floats somewhere between the serious, realistic Christopher Nolan films and the superheroics of stories
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Paul
Who knew?
I have to admit, I've never been a big Dick Grayson fan... not when he was Robin, and not when he was (is) Nightwing.

But damn! He makes for a pretty good Batman.

Let me make things clear... there is only ONE Batman, and that is the Bruce Wayne Batman.
But this is a different take on the character... and Grayson doesn't play Batman like Wayne plays Batman. There's even a certain "lightness" to the way he portrays the character... though in no way do you get the impression that this is "Bat
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Eric
Mar 15, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Batman fans
There is a lot going on in this graphic novel. Firstly, Bruce Wayne is off founding Batman Incorporated, so Dick Grayson is now Gotham City's Batman, which took me a while to adjust to in itself. Then throw in his support team of Red Robin, Oracle and Commissioner Gordon, and a host of villains including The Dealer/Man-Bat, Sonia Zucco, Roadrunner, Tiger Shark, Joker, and James Gordon Jr. -- a lot of them totally new to Batman's universe -- and I was struggling to keep my head above water.
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Cyndi
Having never read any of the Batman graphic novels, I was not sure how I would react to this story and its advanced position in the Batman mythology.

I found, upon completion, a very well constructed story and art work that flowed seamlessly with the tale. Mostly I was happy to find a dark, twisted story that dovetailed many sub-tales into a satisfying denoument and gave you some insight into Jim Gordon and his quest for a nightmare free Gotham.

I enjoyed this journey and it left me with a desire
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Joseph Rice
i've read the original comics, not this collected edition, which hasn't been published as of this writing. this is batman at his best. scary and suspenseful, with detailed narrative and great artwork. this is what comics are supposed to be like, and to see the character of Batman written this way just adds to it. get this, you won't be disappointed.
RationalLogic
At first, it may seem unusual that the best modern Batman story of the past decade and a half doesn't even feature Bruce Wayne in the iconic role. However, thanks to the pen of Scott Snyder, The Black Mirror understands its premise very well, and takes care to establish Dick Grayson, Bruce's former protege, as not just a convincing Dark Knight, but also a compelling character in his own right who re-defines what it means to be Batman. Despite its unfamiliar premise, The Black Mirror is, at its h ...more
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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