Comics at times can be a cynical industry. To appeal and maintain their core base, many comics take to becoming edgy and gritty and mature because that’s what they assume people want. It works to a certain degree, but it is nice to sometimes see the big two step back a bit and realize that there is a larger market out there.
Enter Batman L’il Gotham. A softer side of the DC-universe with one of it’s darker characters.
The first issue, of this on-going series, sees Damian Wayne celebrating his first Halloween..somewhat. There’s a cute little flashback of the Al Ghul family and their tradition of beating up zombified-henchmen, I really do hope that becomes an issue! When you are use to dealing with colorfully-dressed individuals in your day-to-day life, you can imagine how strange your first Halloween would be, and we do get some really cute moments between Damian and his father.
We see him stop the “Crime” of three kids dressed up as Joker, Two-Face and The Riddler. We see him trip a kid gleefully, and remarks “I bet Nightwing does this all the time.” We even get to see his disappointment and glee when he is finally forced to actually trick-or-treat for his candy.
All in all, it’s a sweet little story between father and son with some amazingly clever and funny moments.
To match this story is some of the finest art, I’ve seen in comics. It has a nice and vibrant, watercolor feel to it, and it helps that you get to see a ton of Gotham paraded about. I mean I spent minutes just combing through the various costumes and sight gags including a Darkseid sitting on a bench with donuts or the father and son dressed up as the Ventriloquist and the dummy.
Honestly, I wanted this review to simply be, BUY THIS BOOK, but I wanted to find a way to explain why I enjoyed this. I literally had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. It is an absolute blast. A ton of fun to read, and most impressively only a buck so there’s no reason NOT to buy it. And the best part of it all, there’s promise of more as Nov will see the release of Batman L’il Gotham: Thanksgiving.