Batman by Scott Snyder


A NEW YORK TIMES #1 Bestseller.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 a second story called "Hungry City," the corpse of a killer whale shows up on the floor of one of Gotham City's ...

Details Batman

Release DateNov 23rd, 2011
PublisherDC Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Dc Comics, Batman, Superheroes, Comic Book, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction

Reviews Batman

  • Jayson
    (A) 86% | ExtraordinaryNotes: It makes monsters from mundanities and does wonderful things with low-key moments and measured conversation.
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    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 riskBruce 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 ...
  • Alejandro
    Holy great reading, Batman! This collected edition contains a storyline originally published on “Detective Comics” #871-881.Creative Team:Writer: Scott SnyderIllustrators: Jock & Francesco Francavilla MY WAY 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 b...
  • Kemper
    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 i...
  • Dan Schwent
    Gotham's Batman, Dick Grayson, takes on the Dealer, a man selling the weapons of supervillains stolen from the GCPD evidence room, gun runners harassing a mob bosses daughter, and possibly the greatest threat of all, Commissioner Gordon's son...You know, when DC put Dick Grayson in the Bat-costume, we all knew it wouldn't last and while I liked the issues of Batman & Robin I read, I didn't find anything earth-shattering and thought Dick's tenure ...
  • Bradley
    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 ab...
  • Kenny
    There are several graphic novelists that I find to be brilliant writers ~~ Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore and Fabian Nicieza; I can now add Scott Snyder to that list. Before he began his critically-acclaimed, fan-favorite run on Batman for DC in the fall of 2011, writer Scott Snyder was ... writing Batman comics for DC.The Batman comics Snyder was writing before Batman were issues of Detective Comics (and the miniseries Batman: The Gates...
  • Sud666
    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. ...
  • Donovan
    Definitely in my Batman Top 10, maybe Top 5. Detective story meets horror, Dick Grayson assumes the role of Batman with great aplomb. Characterization is deep and true, with some sparse comedy to break the palpable tension. My favorite theme is the contrast between Dick and Bruce under the Cowl. Dick prefers to be in the air, like back in Haly's Circus, which serves as a great metaphor for the positivism he brings to his Batman, while Bruce is ve...
  • Anne
    3.5 starsI 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....
  • 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 co...
  • Sam Quixote
    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", ...
  • Trish
    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 ...
  • Ronyell
    6 stars! Introduction: 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 “...
  • Keely
    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 r...
  • Roxanne
    This was just soooo good, i've got nothing to add that hasn't been said already, just read it!
  • aria [dear darling reader]
    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....
  • Chris
    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...
  • Jeff
    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 fam...
  • Keith
    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 ...
  • Mike
    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...
  • Chelsea
    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 stori...
  • James DeSantis
    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 Ja...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    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,...
  •  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...
  • Brandon
    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 Ti...
  • Sesana
    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 n...
  • David Schaafsma
    Great art and great story, with a focus not on weird comic book silly villains but on the real evil real people can do, so the creepy horror is somehow more real in this story than in other Batman stories. One Batman image will stay with you, by artist Jock, a picture of Joker partly made of bats, and it is pretty amazing, but the level of the art brings it to among the best Batman stories ever, in my opinion. Creepy, powerful, disturbing in plac...
  • Aaron
    This is the first comic I've read in quite a while that I put down and immediately wanted to read again. I finished the last few pages of this as slowly as possible, hoping to make it last a little longer. This may have become my favorite Batman story of all time, and I've read a LOT of Batman.Scott Snyder has managed to lend a completely original voice to this, his run on Detective Comics. It floats somewhere between the serious, realistic Chris...
  • Eric
    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...