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Dark Night: A True Batman Story

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,778 ratings  ·  507 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling original graphic novel by the critically acclaimed author Paul Dini! DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY is the harrowing and eloquent autobiographical tale of Dini's courageous struggle to overcome a truly desperate situation. It is a Batman story like no other and one that will truly resonate with fans, with art by the incredible and ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Vertigo (first published June 21st 2016)
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Slade Hope Because this book is not a superhero tale. It's an autobiographic story by Paul Dini and it is violent, not appropriate for young readers. Vertigo…moreBecause this book is not a superhero tale. It's an autobiographic story by Paul Dini and it is violent, not appropriate for young readers. Vertigo publishes mature comics and unlike the answer by the other user, it has nothing to do with auteur works. Vertigo simply publishes stories for mature audiences. People who enjoy serious stories more than super-hero comics.(less)

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Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anne by: Sam Quixote
A Batman Story Like No Other!
Mainly because it's not about Batman at all, but this guy:


In case you don't know, that's one of the most revered and beloved men in the comic industry, Paul Dini. Most people would recognize him for his work on the acclaimed Batman the Animated Series, and as the co-creator of Harley Quinn.
And the stadium goes wild!


But this isn't a superhero comic book. It's a graphic novelization of Dini's deeply personal journey through a very dark period in his life. He was
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Paul Dini’s darkest moment in his own words!

Creative Team:

Writer: Paul Dini

Illustrator: Eduardo Risso


Paul Dini, the writer of this graphic novel, which is a partial biography of a particular dark moment in his life, has been around and maybe you have watched his animation screenwriting work and you haven’t realized it…

…most people know about his work on Batman: The Animated Series, where he doesn’t only wrote outstanding episodes but also he co-create
Sam Quixote
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-comics-2016
In 1993, Paul Dini was living the dream. A lifelong Batman fan, he was a writer on the landmark TV show, Batman: The Animated Series, receiving critical acclaim and working for the likes of Steven Spielberg at Warner Animation. But he wasn’t happy. A loner by nature, he had low self-esteem and was making himself miserable chasing beautiful but shallow starlets who only gave him the time of day because of his connections. And then one dark night he was brutally mugged, almost dying from the ...more
David Schaafsma
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman, gn-memoir
Paul Dini draws comics, does animated tv, with a focus on Batman, which he was doing during the time in the nineties when one night he got brutally robbed and beaten, his face shattered (like Two-Face?! No! Two-face is a comics character! A villain! Or is he? I mean, in Dini's life. . . ).

The point is sort of: WWBD? What would Batman do? Man up, dude! What can you learn from this? How are the fantasy characters you inhabit finally going to inhabit you?! I was not that interested in Dini's
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Night tells the author's story about how he was mugged and left for dead. Paul Dini was a writer for Animaniacs and Batman: The Animated Series. He uses his "characters" to deal with his emotions as he recovers from the mugging and reintegrates himself to his life. I love how each character has it's own personality and how Dini interacts with them. Eduardo Risso's art is gorgeous and dark. He does a wonderful job of integrating DC's characters with "real life".

Received an advance copy from
James DeSantis
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprise. Maybe because I borrowed it from the Library without knowing what it was. When I started reading it I was like "What the heck? Is this about a real person" and it is! Paul Dini to be exact. Who's that? Oh, you know, the guy who basically made Batman the animated series what it was.

I'll be honest. I was never a huge fan of Batman the animated series. Nothing against it. I'm not a huge fan of american animation. Especially cartoons. Just not my style of watching. However, I
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant tale of Paul Dini's struggle of overcoming demons and redemption. Have worse things happened to people less important? Absolutely. But that's not the point. The point is that shit happens to everyone, and we have to stand up just as Batman would have us do.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Fear is a teacher, the first one you ever had."

--Scarecrow, Batman: The Animated Series


As far as sophisticated cartoons intended for a child audience go, the original Batman: The Animated Series, in my humble opinion, has never been equalled. It was my bedrock in childhood during the nineties. It gave us the version of the caped crusader which I to this day still prefer above all others. Its utilisation of his many villains to bring out Batman's own psychological hickups and occasional
তানজীম Rahman)
It's not surprising that the greatest living Batman writer has written one of the greatest Batman stories ever. However, it is surprising how staggeringly well the book compares to even the all-time classics of literature.
This is a heartwrenching story that will appeal to every person who wished others would just leave them alone as a kid. This is a story that will help you realize that you were not alone in this world, that others were going through the same pain that you had to endure, that
Dark Night: A True Batman Story is not a Batman story at all. Rather, it's an autobiographical story of Paul Dini, the writer of Batman: The Animated Series, among many other things. At the time when he was working on the cartoons in the 90's, he was mugged and viciously beaten not far from his own house, which understandably led him to some dark places afterwards. This book is a recollection of that episode in his life, along with the events that led to it and that happened after. It's about ...more
Ayman Gomaa
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Arabic& English Review : 2.5 Stars

Vertigo presents Dark Night : A true batman Story

If you are a comic fan then u know already When Vertigo came with a new comic it will be dark , bloody , violent and intense .

Shocking it was the opposite this time , it was like a therapy , Human Development kind of a story which is surprise me and was no fascinated about it .

It's not a BATMAN story
It's a Paul Dini Story

A story about an invisible boy who live with his imaginary heroes and villains , works
Tony Laplume
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read and been a huge fan of Steven T. Seagle's It's a Bird..., it was instantly intriguing to learn about Paul Dini's Dark Night. Obviously Dini's graphic novel had a different reason for existing, but on the whole the idea seemed similar: Seagle had focused on a kind of real world vision of Superman, and so would Dini, as reflected in his subtitle (A True Batman Story). Eventually you can see where Dini reaches that point, but it's actually more of a biographical comic, and as such ...more
Rory Wilding
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up as a kid in the 1990s, my introduction to superheroes came not through comics (that was later) but the cartoons of their day from X-Men to Spider-Man. However, the one cartoon that truly stood out was Batman: The Animated Series which was my generation’s intro to the Caped Crusader and his dark atmospheric adventures fighting crime in the streets of Gotham City. Amongst the great talent, there was Tiny Toons Adventures writer Paul Dini who not only wrote some of the show’s best ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman
Pretty much every Batman fan will be familiar with the name Paul Dini. He was one of the key creative minds and writers behind the Batman: Animated Show and animated movie Mask of the Phantasm, as well as writing several runs on the character in the comics. A True Batman Story is his own autobiographical take on a mugging he suffered some years back, told through the medium of comics. Eduardo Risso is on art (another name many bat-fans will be familiar with) and it's a gorgeous to look at as it ...more
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Fascinating and compelling - much more than you'd assume an autobiographical comic "simply" about a cartoon writer getting mugged would be. It's got some meat on them bones and the tie in to The Dark Knight was on point. I liked the idea of rising about being the victim to become the hero - and how no matter the size of the problem, you can persevere.
The true story of Batman writer Paul Dini's vicious mugging and his recovery from it, as well as lessons learned. It's an emotional journey.

I heard Dini speak of this on The Nerdist podcast and it was clear that the trauma is with him even now, 23 years later. That alone made me interested, but what I wasn't prepared for was how open and honest he is about his self-doubts and self-esteem issues. That takes courage of another kind that I find admirable.

This is not a pleasant memoir, but it's an
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First off, let me start by saying how sorry I am that the author, that anyone, experiences what he experienced. It was a miracle that he survived and that he managed to heal as well as he did, both physically and mentally. One could argue that his low self-worth is what brought him to the physical danger and that is what had to happen in order to snap him out of his self-negative mind frame. A painful and almost deadly lesson.

I was kind of surprised that the author wasn't also the artist of this
Brandon Forsyth
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had read every kind of Batman story under the sun, but the mutability of this character just keeps finding ways to surprise me. This is a literary graphic novel that just happens to feature the Caped Crusader, and I loved every minute of it. Famed Batman scribe Paul Dini was mugged and viciously beaten in 1993, and this is the story of his recovery, both mental and physical, from that "dark night". The attack brought out Dini's struggles with relationships and alcohol, and he ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, biography
Powerful (and autobiographical) story by Paul Dini, one of the greatest Batman writers ever, beautifully illustrated by Eduardo Risso. A must-read for fans of either of these creators.
Nicolo Yu
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Paul Dini, for this reader, is known for two things; Batman and Harley Quinn. The former is the star of the groundbreaking animated series where Dini worked with other talented people, and the latter is a character who debuted on that show and shepherding to its debut appearance in comics. Dini was on the top of his craft, he was lifelong fan who made it big writing his favorite character and won Emmy Awards. He had everything, and then he got mugged.

This story is a darker tale than Dini's
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
This is a really interesting read. Paul Dini, perhaps known most for creating Harley Quinn and his work on Batman: the Animated series, was attacked some 20 odd years ago. He was mugged and beaten quite severely. This book tells the tale of that experience, his recovery and what it's meant to his life over time. It's told through a format in which he lectures a class (I think) and tells them about his childhood and what his life was like at that time.

The most interesting aspect of this is the
Stewart Tame
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always interesting to see someone not normally known for autobiographical comics tackle the form. Paul Dini is better known for his comics and animation work than for this sort of thing. He tells the story of a brutal mugging he endured that required surgical repairs. Batman, the Joker, and other well known comic book characters stand in for aspects of his psyche as he goes through the physical and mental healing process. It works quite well, actually. He does indulge in a little ...more
Garrett price
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really loved this book and the idea of using your superhero figures to help you cope with life. Dini really took a chance, bearing his soul like this, but he did it right and this is a great book, a great story, inspiring and affirming but not in a cliche kind of way? He's not perfect but that is what made it such a great read - I could identify with his insecurities even if I wasn't exactly like him.
Scott Mills
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vertigo
Dark Night: A True Batman Story could be the best comic I have read this year. Paul Dini who is already a legendary Batman creator dips into his personal story of being assaulted. He brings with him Eduardo Risso the great artist from 100 bullets, who just possibly has done the best art of his career on this book. The combination of Dini's introspection and Risso's incredible art make this story amazing. It's hard not to read in one sitting.
Jon Nakapalau
After being mugged writer Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) finds it hard to justify his relationship with Batman. What follow is one man's story to find the superhero within.
Chihoe Ho
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read "Dark Night" in one sitting. Not only because it's a graphic novel, but also its highly compelling content meant that I just had to read on. Paul Dini is one of the foremost authoritative figures in the Batman sphere and had to weather a rough patch after a brutal attack. This is his recovery story, as much as it is also about self-discovery, and of a coming-of-age recollection. Beyond that, it's an open proclamation with the utmost regard and love for the arts, for animation and ...more
Azim Durrani
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A harrowing tale of tragedy and ultimate redemption. Its hard to imagine a person as well renowned as Paul Dini facing all these ordeals just because of one bad night. Then again this is a very inspiring story about what makes Batman mean to people as a symbol of hope.
I loved this story from start to finish. I found it very relatable. which is very rare in terms of a graphic novel. Considering this book is non-fiction it has elements of fiction integrated so well into it.
Now when I put down
Rituraj Kashyap
Dark Night

Through this touching graphic novel, writer Paul Dini beautifully portrays the psychological consequences that he had to face after getting mugged on his way home one night from a party. The writing is complemented by Eduardo Risso's amazing illustrations. The last panel in the above pic brought tears to my eyes.

The point that this book tries to convey is that everyone's got heroes and villains inside him, and there are moments in our life when we are at our weakest and most vulnerable. During
Paul Dini tells the story of his life in entertainment and how a violent encounter nearly broke him. His story of how Batman spoke to him helped him along towards his recovery.

Like a lot of autobiographies it suffers from being too reflective and geared towards justification sprinkled with guilt and terror.

A brave attempt by the author.

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