Yoshinori Natsume Batman Death Mask

ISBN 13: 9781401219246

Batman Death Mask

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Manga superstar Natsume (creator of Togari) debuted his unique vision of the Dark Knight with the miniseries collected in this compact, manga-sized edition! There's a new serial killer in Gotham, who may have ties to the young Bruce Wayne's training in Japan. But does the murderer know Bruce Wayne is the Batman? Did his past experience somehow lead to a killer's rampage through the Gotham underworld today?

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Yoshinori Natsume is a young manga writer and artist, responsible for creating the bestselling series Togari and Kurozakuro, which have been translated into several languages. He lives in Aki, Japan. Batman: Death Mask is his first Western work.

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Batman has been realized by a variety of creators, American and otherwise, but he has never been entirely written and drawn by a manga artist until now. Natsume, creator of Togari, was picked to put his own spin on the Batman mythos, and, despite a few stumbles, he succeeds nicely. Mostly playing with the idea of masks and their wearers, Natsume also incorporates the Japanese mythological beast oni, a demon-like creature, which acts as a bridge between the two cultures that this story straddles. Not a lot of new ground is broken here—Bruce Wayne struggles with his internal demons while fighting evil—and the ending is resolved a little too easily. But the story is still gripping and Natsume’s art fits with the horror and violence of the dark tale. It remains to be seen if this manga-size superhero comic will bring manga readers to Batman and Batman readers to manga, but it is a strong start and bodes well for other cross-cultural comics. Grades 9-12. --Snow Wildsmith

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