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Batman: The Black Glove (Batman - Il Cavaliere oscuro #12)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  3,129 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Mysterious Batman impostors begin to appear on the streets of Gotham. One of these impostors begins to kill cops, working his way towards Police Comissioner Jim Gordon as he tells his tale and waits for his prize: the life of the Dark Knight, in exchange for the lives of the precinct cops. After being capture and subsequently tortured by one of the impostors, Batman falls ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by DC Comics
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Dan Schwent
The reason most people grow out of reading superhero comics is that nothing ever changes for long. Inevitably, everything eventually returns to the status quo. Enter Grant Morrison.

I've been a fan of Grant Morrison's work for quite some time. From Animal Man to The Doom Patrol to the Invisibles to Marvel Boy. His appeal for me is the same as Roger Zelazny's: he has so many ideas flying off the page at the same time. I started picking up Batman because I had a hunch Morrison would shake things up
Sam Quixote
If Batman and Son was Revolver, The Black Glove is Sgt Pepper’s – Grant Morrison goes a bit off-reservation with his stories here, something his critics hate, but his fans love. Fortunately I’m a fan and I enjoyed this re-reading it as much as I did the first time around.

The first half of the book is Morrison rewriting Agatha Christie’s AMAZING novel …And Then There Were None, where a group of strangers go to an island to meet with a wealthy host and stay the weekend at his mansion – only to fin
Dec 12, 2008 Greg rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics, dc
This is kind of all over the place. Not my favorite Batman collection, but parts of it are good.
I understand the desire of some comic book readers to skip the monthlies and move to these sort of collected trades so that they can have a larger chunk of the story at one time.

That mentality helps this collection get a second star, otherwise it would have gotten just the one. The opening story (not sure how many parts it was, this is one jumbled mess of a collection) attempts to bring some of the goofier Batman stories of the 50s and 60s and bring them into modern day Batman continuity. It wor
I enjoyed the first arc in this collection with its 10 Little Indians set up on a mysterious island, gathering the global Batman style heroes from yesteryear. There is also a pleasing Watchman style nostalgia vibe going. I love Watchmen but usually hate the imitators but this one is quite enjoyable without breaking too much new ground. Unfortunately the rest of the book is pretty impenetrable which nearly turned my brain to sludge trying to follow it. Not enjoyable at all.
Feb 02, 2009 Kat rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
I collect the Batman comic (just the main title), and as a result, was more than a little confused by the storytelling. I don't know how much is told in the other books, so this story was a bit confusing for me. Good- with lots of interesting layers to the story that made it much more of a mystery than a traditional "superhero" story- but a tad confusing for a person who doesn't know the entirely of the history and doesn't read/collect every single book.
WOW -- Batman: The Black Glove blew me away. It contains some masterful writing. I will warn you ahead of time, that in order to make sense of Batman: The Black Glove you must read Batman: The Black Casebook . Without this you will be lost. I think Batman: The Black Glove is perhaps the most underrated chapter of Grant Morrison’s Batman run based on reviews I have seen on Goodreads. Make no mistake; this is an indispensable piece of the R.I.P. Series.

The book is separated by two stories; th
I have certain expectations when I read something by Grant Morrison. It'll be good, sometimes great, even brilliant at times. But it'll also be obvious that Morrison is out of his mind.

The collection opens with a storyline that isn't even in the description for the trade: a seriously defunct group of international heroes, that Batman was once a part of, meet again and are picked off in quite inventive ways by The Black Glove. I loved this story. I don't have a clue in the world who any of these
I bought the individual issues of this series back in 2007, but it was nice to reread the story and remind myself of how amazing the artwork was. The first half of this trade was a Clue-like mystery party that was a lot of fun and worth reading for Williams' art alone. I especially loved the bat-shaped panels and the painterly/graphic splash pages.

The second half picked up where the last trade left off, and sucked me right back into the drama/action/classic Morrison surreal storytelling. Overal
Allow me to qualify my one star review by noting that the first part of the book had a nifty ten-little-indians potential (unrealized) which I wanted to enjoy. But I could barely keep up with the style and structure. Moving to the second half, or should I say sliding down into the abysmal second half, however, I was immediately frustrated and disinterested in even attempting to continue reading and mentally threw the book across the room. As it was a library book, however, I actually gently clos ...more
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
Patchy, but kudos to Morrison for trying this. The story doesn't seem too ambitious at first with the 'guests being picked off on an island mansion' plot which, while at first charming for the obscure cameos and references, concludes in a decidedly lacklustre way, even allowing for continuation. The second part back in Gotham is an improvement, bolder still with the references woven into a hallucination sequence which is one of the strong points of the book, but the way things are tied together, ...more
2.5 stars

The book felt pretty choppy to me. I kind of get it, because I've already read the stories that came after it, but I can't imagine what I would have thought of it otherwise. Between the abrupt changes in the story and the multitude of loose ends just left dangling.... Eh. It's Morrison.

I think Mike's review summed it up pretty nicely. Too bad I'm too retarded to figure out how to put a link in here to it.
If we needed a new reason to love Tony S. Daniel--and we absolutely did not--all of the flashbacks in this book are drawn in old comic book style with obvious newsprint pixels.

An excellent lead up to R.I.P. Batman.
Love the Agatha Christie type murder mystery that starts off the book. Everything gets a little weird after that, but it's still able to keep you mostly clued in on what's going on. Excellent ending that makes me even more excited for R.I.P.
To date, I have really enjoyed going back and reading Grant Morrison's run on Batman. Batman and Son and The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul were terrific reads. The insert of The Clown at Midnight was the perfect prose insert to a graphic novel. But The Black Glove was difficult for me.

I tend to like the solo Batman, the one that gets deep into his detective work. While I realize that Robin and a number of other sidekicks are (and have been) central to the story line through the years, those char
The middle part of the arc that culminates with Batman: R.I.P., this is probably my favorite collection in the Black Glove arc, due in no small part to the J.H. Williams III art in the first half of the book. In that sub arc, the Black Glove reveals itself (or, at least, reveals their existence), and we have a classic mystery arc, which reminded me of a throwback to the O'Neil/Adams detective years. We also have an Agatha Christie/Ten Little Indians plot, with Batman, Robin, and a group of inter ...more
The second installment of Grant Morrison's Batman epic jumps around a lot. After saving his mother from a torpedo in Batman and Son, we see Damian only twice: being treated for massive injuries (in what looks like a Lazarus Pit of sorts), and then later he's shooting a bow blindfolded and nailing the bull's eye (of course). Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is trying to balance being Batman dating a socially conscious supermodel. Then there's the whole C-List superheroes club, a "bargain basement" of vigil ...more
The Black Glove is sort of a "bridge book" that connects Batman and Son with Batman: RIP. It's all part of the same story...a Bat-Morrison trilogy if you will.

The book leads off with the "Island of Mr. Mayhew" a Ten Little Indians style murder mystery focused around the "International Club of Heroes", a collection of Batman knock offs that could only have been created in the sixties (Man-of-Bats? Seriously?). Brought back together for a reunion by the mysterious John Mayhew, the heroes face all
Justyn Rampa
(Re-read Review: So I have decided to give "Black Glove" a 5 star rating upon re-reading it. Honestly, it is a very solid book despite containing two separate stories. I don't really want to give away too many details because that is part of the fun. I can see that perhaps someone reading this for the first time would not like it. In some ways, I feel like it requires at least two reads and some discussion. Grant Morrison has definitely done his homework and I CAN NOT wait to read RIP!)

In some w
Mike Welch
"There's something that's always fascinated me," Bruce Wayne tells his adopted son Tim Drake, "what do eccentric men who have everything do when they get bored?" This volume is Chapter Two of Morrison's Batman opus, and I think it's a bit stronger than the first chapter. The first part of this volume introduces the International Club of Heroes, a group of heroes inspired by Batman from all over the world (including Britain's Knight and Squire and the Argentinian El Gaucho, who as we all know lat ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Sunil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 2012
This collection, like Batman: Batman and Son , is several stories in one, but it has more of a coherent throughline, thanks to the Black Glove, the mysterious adversary introduced by Grant Morrison as someone who could conceivably take down the Batman.

The first story is a Ten Little Indians tale featuring some sort of club of Batman wannabes that was introduced in the fifties. They're all getting picked off by an unknown killer, and only the World's Greatest Detective can save them! The characte
J.M. Hushour
The few years before the New 52 debacle saw many high points in the Bat books, culminating in the Morrison-led Batman and Robin comic with Dick Grayson and Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin while Bruce was thought dead. In many ways, Morrison simply defined the entire pre-Flashpoint Bat books mood, tenor, and wily nature. Unafraid to dip into silver age and wackadoo 1960s Batman storylines while continually upping the ante for the lock and stock of Batman himself, Morrison was consistent in bring ...more
Aug 04, 2009 Brad rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics, dc
I'm finding Grant Morrison's Batman to be a bit more obtuse than his other superhero work, but it's still good, despite being often indecipherable.
This book is bisected in two stories. The first story introduces but doesn't explain the villainous Black Glove as the evil force behind a superhero murder mystery featuring Batman and a team of multicultural near-Batman (including creations like Wingman, The Knight, Dark Ranger, and Man-of-Bats and Little Raven). It's a good caper, and J.H. Williams
I really liked this one. The start of the other side of Morrison's story arc, the Black Glove and the attempt to destroy Batman. Grant Morrison is attempting in this story and R.I.P. to make a the old, pulpy, ridiculous golden age batman stories fit in as actual history with the modern, more serious and "adult" narrative. Spoiler: He basically writes it all off as a series of hallucination brought on after repeated exposure to mind altering chemicals from villains like the scarecrow (and some ot ...more
Strange - Grant Morrison is usually so creative and challenging, that anything like this that's merely a decent story is horribly disappointing.

I usually walk away from reading a Grant Morrison story feeling somewhat confused and disoriented, but also terribly entertained and usually in pain from laughing so hard. This one seemed like not only was he sleepwalking through the writing, but also that he didn't really have a good reason to bother writing these stories. Hell, when you've been doing i
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First half was great. It's the classic trope: a bunch of people are called to a strange mansion in the middle of nowhere, and have to solve a mystery as they're all killed, one by one. Except in this case, Batman is there, and everyone else is almost as good as he is. There's a lot of history here, but even if you've never heard of the other heroes, you can pick up enough of their backstories to enjoy this book.

On the other hand, the second half is...meh. It's pretty scattershot, and I'm not rea
Bryson Kopf
Morrison revamps and remixes the 1950s era Club of Heroes, which features the Batman from around the world. There is a bit of ye old deconstruction of the good old days, but the set up (the Club is invited to a mysterious island where one member is picking them off one by one) is so tasty, it didn't annoy me to much. Also, the JH Williams art is AMAZING in the Black Glove trio; really beautiful. The final issues in the tale features more of the 3 Ghosts of Batman arc that showed up in the last c ...more
Here we are. What most folks consider the second volume of Grant Morrison's already legendary run on the Batman title.

We've got it all here, Bat-fans. A volume starting with a story excersizing the detective role that the Batman has become famous for (and seemingly planting the seeds for the "Batman, Incorporated" title) to a soul-searching, trippy, mystical story, the likes of which Morrison has become known for. This book ran the gamut of the Bat's psyche.

The art by J.H. Williams III and Tony
The Follow up to Batman & Son starts off with the story of a murder of a member of "The Interational Club of Heroes" who's members will make appearences later in Morrison's Batman Incorporated. We meet characters such as Knight & Squire (who get their own mini series), Man of Bats and Little Raven (who prefers to be called Red Raven now), Wingman, Dark Ranger and a couple more.

Later the Main focus of the story kicks in and we're introduced to "The Black Glove" who are an organisation who
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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