Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Batman: Li'l Gotham Vol. 1 - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Batman: Li'l Gotham Vol. 1 
Author:  Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

Year Published: 2014

Release Date: Tuesday February 25, 2014

Synopsis: First up, Robin needs Batman's help to learn the true meaning of Halloween. Then, on Thanksgiving, Batman and Robin join the families of Gotham City around the table for a holiday feast--and birds of a feather flock together to stage a march against the city...led by The Penguin!  As Christmas time approaches, the search for a missing holiday choir leads Batman and Nightwing into a confrontation with Mr. Freeze! But in this heartfelt Christmas tale, the frozen fiend's motives aren't as nefarious as they seem...
And on a festive New Year's Eve, Catwoman thinks she'll be spending a quiet night at home, contemplating her New Year's resolutions--until Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn show up, that is!

This volume collects stories from Detective Comics Annual #11, Batman Annual #27, Batman: Li'l Gotham Digital chapters 1-11.


Review: The artwork in this graphic novel is so unique. The well known characters of Gotham are portrayed in vivid watercolor in chubby, almost childlike appearances. Each story surrounds a holiday and the bright colors of celebration do really well in this art style. Some of the stories include the Penguin on Thanksgiving, Mr. Freeze on Christmas, the Joker on Valentine's Day, and the Mad Hatter on Easter. 

So many characters from the Batman universe make appearances, some small and some in main roles. I am fairly familiar with the mainstream heroes and villains, but there were some characters I had to look up online or consult a friend more familiar with Gotham. I think a die hard Batman fan will absolutely love this graphic novel. I on the other hard, found myself feeling a little left out.  

I give this graphic novel a 3.5/5. I enjoyed the art and light humor, but found I wasn't strong enough in my Batman lore. I recommend this graphic novel to super fans. 


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