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Christmastime breeds nostalgia. The holiday atmosphere, full of traditions, encourages everyone to think back to Christmases past, back when things were the same but also a little different. Over the years,for whatever reason batman has always been able to translate well to Christmas stories.

Paul Dini’s “Slayride review

In the long history of Batman and Batman-related titles, there are many holiday stories. Some are particularly broad, atypical portrayals of characters as writers struggle to fit them into a story with an easy-to-swallow holiday morality: villains letting heroes go “in the spirit of the season” and so on. Though interesting diversions, these stories seldom hold any weight in terms of the continuity of the universe and even less in terms of the development of character. But Paul Dini’s “Slayride”, the story told within the pages of Detective Comics #826, breaks this mold, with intriguing results.

If you’re thinking that this doesn’t sound like a particularly Christmas-related story, you’re absolutely right. In a way. True, the action of the story has little (if anything at all) to do with Christmas. In fact, as far as Batman stories are concerned, it’s pretty standard fare: Joker kidnaps Robin, kills innocent civilians, Robin escapes and foils the Joker’s scheme. What is so powerful about Dini’s story, however, is how deftly he uses the setting to elevate the stakes which makes joker feel even more deadly. . After Robin discovers a dead couple in the backseat of Joker’s car (presumably the car’s previous owners), he very intelligently deduces that, due to the larger number of presents with the bodies, they must have a child – at which point he discovers a toy car in the seat and tries to cut his bonds. It took a second for this to sink in for me, but I very quickly realized that what Dini was doing was very subtly reminding the reader that somewhere in Gotham a child has lost his parents at Christmas time. And each subsequent murder echoes this idea. An old man is run over; a family loses their patriarch. The manager at a fast food joint is shot point-blank; his family and colleagues spend Christmas dwelling on his death. Just as Dini’s story treats the Christmas setting as more of a subtle detail, the art does the same. Simple details like the string of Christmas lights that bind Robin to his seat, or the Christmas ornament in his mouth are subversions of the holiday. Both are traditionally beautiful visual reminders of the season, but in this context they are fraught with danger; will the lights electrocute Robin? Will he be forced to bite through the glass ornament to free himself? Faucher’s inks and Kalisz’ colours add the perfect mix of holiday merriment and the cold and dark of a winter night. Together with the writing, what is left is a story that finds threat in every detail.

slayride” is a successful holiday issue because it reminds us of the principles for which the season is meant to stand – family, joy, and good will – even though it accomplishes this by showing a character who actively disrupts those principles. this is a wonderful issue to read from start to finish.


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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is perhaps one of the best known classic Christmas stories of all time. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is completely devoid of holiday spirit, focussing instead making and hoarding his own money. On Christmas Eve, the ghost of his former partner arrives to tell him he must change his ways and that three ghosts will visit him to help show him why and how that is to happen. These ghosts (Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future) give Scrooge a new perspective on his life, his regrets, and his fears, and as the sun rises on Christmas morning he springs out of bed a new man, righting wrongs with family, strangers, and most importantly his employee Bob Cratchit and his family.

Jason Todd appears to Batman - Batman: Noël, DC Comics

Batman: Noël by Lee Bermejo (one of the men behind the critically acclaimed Joker). Bermejo’s adaptation does not directly place characters from the DC Universe into the roles of A Christmas Carol, though it comes very close. Instead, the narrator is telling his own colloquial version of the Christmas classic tale.

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In Batman: Noël, author/artist Lee Bermejo has taken the basic structure of A Christmas Carol and mixed in Gotham City. We get a Scrooge (Batman), a Bob (Bob) and the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Catwoman), Present (Superman) and Future (Joker). In this case, Batman is once again after the Joker and follows a henchman-for-hire who he is hoping will lead him to the clown. Meanwhile, we learn this henchman Bob (fitting) is down on his luck and just needed some quick cash to give his son a somewhat good Christmas. He’s not a bad guy, just a desperate one. This is known all-too-well by the Dark Knight, as he stubbornly shows and tells others throughout the story that makes it such a joy to read form start to finish. A brilliant take on Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Batman: Noel is simply a perfectly crafted holiday story with a Dark Knight twist that makes it all work. Lee Bermejo proves that he’s not only a talented artist but he can also spin a good yarn. Whether you’re a true Batman fan or are interested in a different kind of holiday story that you should read today.

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A Christmas Carol, Batman and Robin try to reunite orphan Timmy Cratchit with his father, Bob, a wrongly imprisoned man. This story has everything: multiple fights, Batman throwing a pillow to block a punch, a death trap, Batman dressing up as a ghost, the meaning of Christmas, and Batman threatening to beat up a street Santa. The comic ends with Batman telling Robin that “Santa is real and always will be if we believe in the spirit he stands for – Good cheer, unselfishness, and love of the fellow man! That’s the real Santa Claus!” This story is simply such fun story to read.

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