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Batman: The Black Mirror (Detective Comics, Volume I)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  17,199 Ratings  ·  711 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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Titans Books (Wildstorm Comics) (first published November 23rd 2011)
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Válter Santos You don't need to, but this takes place during Batman Incorporated time, and it was originally published in the Detective Comics. In this Dick Grayson…moreYou don't need to, but this takes place during Batman Incorporated time, and it was originally published in the Detective Comics. In this Dick Grayson is Batman, but if you want to know why read Detective Comics or Batman Incorporated, otherwise this is fine on its own.(less)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains 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
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alejandro by: Keely
Holy great reading, Batman!

This collected edition contains a storyline originally published on “Detective Comics” #871-881.

Creative Team:

Writer: Scott Snyder

Illustrators: Jock & Francesco Francavilla


You have to judge the situation early, clearly... ...judge it from the diving board, high above, before you’re falling… before you’re in danger.

This story is about Batman, BUT it’s Dick Grayson under the mantle.
Bruce Wayne is back, but he’s busy off shores establishing his idea of “B
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhero, 2012
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
Dan Schwent
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2012
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The Black Mirror was actually all kinds of wonderful, in my opinion. I've been so focused on doing all the others, the alternatives in the DC world, thinking that I knew my Supermans and Batmans from movies and tv, that I just never really considered, you know, READING them.

Silly me.

This was all sorts of creepy and fun. It's all about Grayson, too.

Now, I'll also be honest, I've also been becoming a superfan of James Gordon JR ever since I read about him in Suicide Squad, and seeing him shine in
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
The Black Mirror collects Scott Snyder's run on Detective Comics 871-881. It is actually a series of stories encapsulating the moral and spiritual toll that Gotham collects from Dick Grayson and Jim Gordon. Gotham City and its inherent corruption is the black mirror to the souls of Dick and Jim. At least that's the underlying theme of Black Mirror.
There are several stories in this volume from the title Black Mirror to Skeleton Key and Lost Boys. But at it's heart it is about Dick's time as Batma
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

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.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My very first Batman (this October is full of firsts) and what a treat! I might be a Snyder fan as it turns out!

Obviously, there is a lot I didn't know - like Barbara Jr. (Gordon's daughter) having been Batgirl until Joker put her in a wheelchair. Only the Joker-and-wheelchair part was addressed here, the Batwoman part I was told by another comicbook reader. Also, I am a bit confused about Gordon's marriages and children and their age difference (Barbara seems to be from his second marriage but
Sam Quixote
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Black Mirror

6 stars!


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
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 Mirror is set right after Bruce Wayne's supposed death and so, in h ...more
This was just soooo good, i've got nothing to add that hasn't been said already, just read it!
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult for books with as much acclaim as The Black Mirror to live up to the hype, and although I wouldn't say it was truly special, I still have plenty of praise to give.

Firstly, it's easily the best Dick Grayson as Batman story. I can see why it's the first (and sometimes only) book that fans mention from the run. It also deserves it's rank among the best Batman books in general. Not only that, but The Black Mirror is by far my favourite work from writer Scott Snyder. Batman is more jov
Aria the Blue Fairy
Because my fascination with Dick Grayson hasn't gone down yet, I decided to read another one. Yes, another one. Sue me.

After reading Batman: Earth One, I asked recommendations for more Batman stuff, and Black Mirror was one that was recommended by almost everyone I asked. So far, I really liked Scott Snyder's other Batman stories (The Court of Owls and The City of Owls), I was almost 100% sure I was going to like this one.

He did not disappoint.

I loved this.


- I really liked Di
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
James DeSantis
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Up until the last 3 issues I was in the 3.5-4 area. It was solid stuff, but then those last 3 issues happened and BOOM it shot up to a 5/5. This is now my favorite Batman story next to Hush and Court of Owls.

The story is focused on Dick taking over the Batman cowl. His story is both interesting and fun but not nearly as captivating as Jim's story. His son is back, and let's just say he ain't all that normal. The graphic novel balances the "is James (Jim's son) a killer or not?" and does it so w
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

That first story, man. If it weren't for that first 3 part story, I'd be giving this 5 stars. It lagged so much for me that I considered quitting this book. I'm so, so, so glad I didn't though.

This is a complicated rating for me because I will rate something lower if I feel like the main character wasn't characterized well or there wasn't any character development. Dick Grayson is meant to be the main character here but aside from stories about the circus, there is no development for h
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I was a bit hesitant about reading a Batman where it's not Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne is the one and only Batman to me. Yes, I know that's not true or canon. I just love Bruce Wayne. Having said that, Dick is a good Batman. And this was a very good graphic novel collection. It's very creepy and dark. I like how everything ties together to the climax. At first, the stories seem unrelated, but they all lead down a sinister path.

The villain is someone that is deeply familiar to Dick, Commissioner Gor
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mad Tom

Definitely in my top 10 for Batman comics. What a great detective story. Dick Grayson is Batman, Tim Drake plays Robin as Red Robin, while Bruce goes to set up Batman Incorporated. There are many plots running simultaneously, so hold onto your hats.

The writing is brilliant. Dick and Tim highly developed and make a campier, more wholesome dynamic duo. There's a healthy lack of backtalk, unlike Damian Wayne, who I think is off with Batman? It's great to see Gordon and Dick interact, like how Dick
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Seth T.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-dc-collection
After finishing reading this, I can say without a doubt that this is one of my all time favorite Batman stories.
It has everything going for it. Beautiful art by Jock and Francavilla and some of the best writing by Snyder.
The art styles fit the stories included as a glove. It really adds to the tone of the book. This is the first time I’ve read something written by Scott Snyder and let me tell you, it will certainly not be the last time! I’ve heard that he’s a great horror writer and the stories
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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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