Frank Miller has a great quote about Batman. He was once asked if he felt like he’d been handed a Ming Vase when he first started writing the character. He answered (or retconned that he answered):
“I said no, it’s more like an unbreakable diamond. I could smash it against the wall or ceiling without hurting it. It’s just a matter of finding a facet no one’s used before.”
What with all of the grim and dark and broody Batman that we’ve been immersed in since 1989’s Tim Burton-directed flick, you might find yourself wishing that someone else would shine their flashlight on a different facet.
Batman: Li’l Gotham is a new and fresh facet that you will enjoy and, if you’re someone who has kids walking around the house, a book you won’t mind them picking up if you leave it somewhere within grabbing distance. The art is much more of a kawaii style (it’s “cute”), the stories are simple and elegant (some light detective stuff, some fun moments teaching Damien about American culture, some funny stuff with child-friendly versions of the bat-villains), and it’s a breath of fresh air after decades (how is 1989 27 years ago?!?) of grim and dark and broody.
Now, violence is still used to resolve uncertainty so it’s not like it’s appropriate for teaching any particular moral lessons, but if you enjoy superheroes and you want some superheroes that feel like the superheroes of your childhood, this comic book feels like an updated version of the old 60’s Batman television show made into something that grown-ups can enjoy too, rather than the Paul Dini cartoons (that felt like the Frank Miller Batman with the jagged edges sanded down into something that children can enjoy too).
Check it out!
So, what are you reading and/or writing?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)