this book is so bizarre i hesitate to recommend it to people, but it's nevertheless among my favorite. it has all the elements of a great mystery, a hthis book is so bizarre i hesitate to recommend it to people, but it's nevertheless among my favorite. it has all the elements of a great mystery, a heart-melting Christmas story, and a saccharin romance ~ all crammed into 100 pages and with characters so eccentric as to be nearly cartoonish (but it's fun!).
tarkington's style is an acquired taste (i know few people who read his books anymore), and this one, for some reason feels even more syntactically strange than others. but the story is completely worth it ~ and it's very truly of its time period in a way that, rather than being a detriment to our investment, it's really half its charm. i doubt this story could work in a modern context.
the plot? a curmudgeonly old politician (the titular Beasley) is spied on by his baffled neighbors as he appears to be losing his mind ~ and that's all i can say about it without spoiling it entirely....more
saved this as a Christmas Eve bonbon and it was delicious.
bermejo outdoes himself on the art in this one. the opening splash pages of gotham alone wersaved this as a Christmas Eve bonbon and it was delicious.
bermejo outdoes himself on the art in this one. the opening splash pages of gotham alone were worth the read; just astonishing work. credit also to the colorist barbara ciardo who makes the pages glow ridiculously.
and okay, this is just sort of "batman does the Christmas carol", but it's genuinely clever ~ robin fills the role of marley, with catwoman, superman, and the joker playing the "three spirits". the cameo from superman is especially nice and (not spoiling anything here assuming you know the story of the Christmas Carol): the sequence of joker dragging batman into the cemetery was exquisite ~ and every bit as chilling as any depiction of the story i've seen on screen. i also laughed outloud at what was written on batman's grave (you will have to read it yourself). also have to plug the "future" vision of gotham as just wildly wonderfully horrible. easily the best of the past, present, and future segments.
the weakest part of this book was the narrative, which i found superfluous for the most part. i get that bermejo was trying to plug the story in to its source, but the pictures do all that and the words just slow everything down. i will enjoy this a second time by not reading anything but what's in the bubbles and i bet it will work just as well or better.
so, alas, it loses a star for that one flaw ~ otherwise, this was amazing!...more