Can Dick Grayson Survive the Black Mirror?
The conclusion to Scott Snyder and Jock's creepy Batman story is here. Dick might never be the same after this.
The GoodThis is currently my favorite Batman series. Snyder has managed to evolve Dick Grayson as Batman. An early complaint about Dick as Batman was he was always too happy. Writers wanted to distinguish Dick's Batman from Bruce's. Making him smile and crack jokes doesn't have to be the way to do it. You can almost feel the burden of being Batman weighing down on him now.
The villain of this arc, the Dealer, is doesn't appear to be much in terms of being a dangerous foe. His actions and dialogue elevates him to being worthy of Batman's rogues gallery. He may just be an old guy selling old villain paraphernalia but what he does, he does with style. Style and pure creepiness. The appearance of the crowbar Joker used on Jason Todd adds to that creepiness even it doesn't have the same impact with Jason being alive again.
Jock's art also is a huge contributor to the story. As much as I enjoyed this arc, I'd hate to try to think what it would've been like if someone else handled the art duties.
There was one page that pretty much blew my mind when I first saw it. After taking a moment, I realized what it really meant. Something the Dealer does later also threw me off for a moment. Pretty sneaky, Scott.