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Batman: The Black Glove

(Batman (1940) #667–669, 672–675)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,861 ratings  ·  156 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
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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 sha
Gianfranco Mancini

First part with Morrison's version of Ten Little Indian was a blast and second one explained a lot what whas going on in the previous volume.
Sadly last issue artworks were not as good as the others.
Sam Quixote
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two distinct stories in this volume and they go together about as well as peanut butter on egg rolls. The initial outing is a costumed vigilante version of Ten Little Indians a.k.a. And Then There Were None (including the 'stuck on an island' bit, and featuring Batman's international 'offspring') that was okay but derivative. The latter story - back on the miserably mean streets of Gotham - noticeably / violently shifts gears and was of more interest. A similarly-dressed character, who is revealed to be a ...more
I found this one very hard to follow, artwise and storywise, and not in a "now I gotta re-read the whole thing again" but in "fuck this, I rather forget the whole thing anyway". Other than the Black Glove, I also find both stories collected in here very disjointed, and it doesn't help that I have no idea who anyone in these stories are. This was the worst Morrison book I've read so far, R.I.P. better be worth it.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
Welp. I have this volume in my collection even though it's all in my Batman and Son Deluxe Edition. I went through this to see how it plays out without the first story arc that mentions Jezebel Jet in Batman and Son.

This volume clearly has two distinct stories in one. The first story arc revolves around The Black Glove and the whole costume party in a lone mansion where a person gets killed, one by one. The artwork for this story arc is splendid and unique. The difference with the second half o
Dec 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, dc
This is kind of all over the place. Not my favorite Batman collection, but parts of it are good.
I think The Black Glove is always where my comprehension of Morrison's run starts to break apart. The main problem, as I see it, is that this is where the series becomes deeply intertwined with The Black Casebook, a collection of Silver Age stories that Morrison is heavily reliant on as inspiration--so heavily reliant, in fact, that the flashbacks he incorporates here are given no real context, so you sort of have to have a couple books open side by side to absorb everything, further challenging an already c ...more
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.

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; the first being a murder mystery where Batman and Robin, along with the Batman of All Nations, are led to an island where a supposed reunion is being held, only to find out they will be hunted down one-by-one. Consider it like Clue, but for a Batman comic and on speed. Grant Morrison again calls upon the Detective Comic’s stories from the 1950′s and ties it in nicely with today’s continuity. But the real treat is the coming together of two great storytellers; Grant Morrison and J.H. Williams III. At the risk of sounding crazy this may be one of the most beautifully looking Batman stories I’ve ever read. J.H. Williams goes to great care and detail to separate this story from anything you’ve ever seen in a Batman Comic. From the way Batman appears slightly different than anyone else to the flashback pages that are done in the 50′s comic book style, even including coloring that extends just slightly past the panels, watermarks, and dot-art. This is anything but your throw-away story; John Mayhew plays a significant role and if you read closely many clues are thrown out as to the identity of the Black Glove.


The second story picks up right where Batman and Son left off, with Jezebel Jet and the 3 Batman Ghosts. The events that unfold in the second half are some of the best of Morrison’s run so far. We get to the core of how the 3 Ghost Batmans came to be and 1 in particular takes Bruce to the edge of death where we get some awesome flashback and delusional scenes which switch back and forth without any exposition on where you are, leaving the reader at times confused, but a good confused. Again, reading Batman: The Black Casebook will really enhance your understanding of what’s going on. This is Morrison showing just how broken Bruce’s mind is becoming as we follow him in and out of reality. And this is the first real introduction we get to Doctor Hurt, who as you can imagine is playing a role in Bruce losing his grip. Morrison’s run has frequently extracted elements from DC’s past and contemporized them in engaging ways – indeed, the main villain of the first two thirds of his run, Doctor Hurt, is based on a character that briefly appears in the 1963 story Robin Dies At Dawn . Not only is the Tony Daniel artwork beautiful but if you pay close attention to Morrison’s story and try and keep up with the mind tricks that are going on with Bruce it really does start to come together.


The final chapter of this title has little to do with the continuing Dr. Hurt and Ghost Batman storyline, is a masterpiece. It may throw you, but this is the lead-in to Batman R.I.P. & it’s the icing on the cake as to where Bruce’s mental state of being is in. We begin to see the early stages of Doctor Hurt’s attacks on Bruce’s mind. I admire how specific these references are, and I’ve enjoyed researching the background of them. We’ve all had stories throughout our lives that mean little to anyone but ourselves -- whatever Morrison saw in these Fifties & Sixties Batman Comics created a very contentious and intriguing Bat Universe

On its own I could see how Batman: The Black Glove could fail; you absolutely have to read Batman and Son & Batman: The Black Casebook beforehand. But, as a sequel it is brilliant.

Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 contin
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading this second collection of Morrison's Batman run was a total blast! I loved it and it has made me extremely curious to read his upcoming (Oct. 2018) take on Green Lantern.

The 'Black Glove' storyline opens with Batman and Robin reuniting with the International Club of Heroes on a mysterious island. It all turns a bit Agatha Christie-esque as they realize a killer lurks among them and is intent on picking them off one by one. Can they discover the murderer's identity in time to save themselve
I loved the introductory story. I have no idea where Damien is, but Tim Drake and Batman go to an isolated island owned by a reclusive billionaire for a reunion of sorts. Batman once teamed up with a set of international superheroes to form a league, under the aegis of this billionaire. They fell apart, but they care enough to show up for the reunion. Only, when they get there, the host is missing. And eerily, they start getting picked off. This is Grant Morrison's And Then There Were None, and it's ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-dc, comics

The League of Heroes (667-669). The conceit of a League of Batman Heroes is terrific, and another touchback to the Silver Age. This is also an enthralling thriller full of great characters and it offers a great new foe that we want to learn more about. The awesome Williams art is just the cherry on top [5/5].

The Third Batman (672-674). A confusing story, but one that rather magnificently links the story of the Three Batmen to date with the story of Dr. Hurt to come. The question of whether Bruce is awake or/>The
Adam Fisher
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ummmmmm.... what? The order of this book is so disjointed there were a few times that I had to go back and double check which plotlines were real and which ones were flashbacks or hallucinations.
I think I am getting the gist of the whole overarching storyline (Batman and Son, Black Glove, and RIP) but I'm not 100% set on Grant Morrison as a whole. I've heard that his Batman stories were trippy and weird, and they're totally right.
If I didn't know that SPOILER Batman's death was in Fi
Feb 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
Basic Plot: Batman imposters are crowding Gotham and Bats is on the case.

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
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
This was choppy and confusing and all over the place for the most part. The second half story line had me far more interested than the first. Meh!
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Morrison's use of long-forgotten silver age characters adds some wonderful nostalgia to an already fantastic story.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Jan 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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,
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, pretty, mystery
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
Feb 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 09, 2010 rated it liked 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.
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
A terrible jumbled mess of a graphic novel. The book started out decent enough, but soon deteriorated into an absurd mess that was way too difficult to follow. I've really enjoyed some of Morrison's other work, but this was just dreadful. It only gets a second star because of the artwork.
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
starts strong, but then slowly falls into DC big event mode, where is it mostly set up. The end was pretty cool though
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ONLY rabid Batman fans
The first story (imagine Agatha Christie meets the oddball Bat-imitators of the Silver Age) is quite good - but the book completely falls apart in the second half.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Had some interesting moments but overall the story seemed to be all over the place.The first part read like a murder mystery which was cool but after that things kind of dropped off for me in spots.
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