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Posted by: Byron Brewer

Advanced Review: Black Bat #8

Writer: 
Brian Buccellato
Art: 
Ronan Cliquet
Colors: 
Mat Lopes
Letterer: 
Rob Steen
Cover: 
Jae Lee
Publisher: 
Dynamite Entertainment
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
January 8, 2014

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Some books set you up and the payoff never comes. Others do the same-old, same-old and get lost in “events.”

Hand it to Black Bat! This noir treasure with a pulp feel is reaching new heights as we slowly but surely get to know the characters in the most interesting and reader-involving ways.

Think Brian Buccellato was great on DC’s Flash? Take a gander at what happens in a comic when Double-B is at the writing helm solo!

In Black Bat #8, all the build-up from issues of hinting at the relationship between the Bat, Carol and the shadow organization behind his creation has been set. Now everything is up in the air and our protagonist all of a sudden must wrestle with the choices he has made -- not as a shyster lawyer but as a midnight vigilante.

You will want to read this issue twice. Once to get the story straight and then again to become totally absorbed in the beautiful artwork of Ronan Criquet, who has repeatedly transcribed Buccellato’s script into a wondrous comic book classic since Day One. His facial expressions, characterization additions and just small touches from panel to panel hold everything together.

Kudos to the subdued palette of colorist Mat Lopes as well. This is not Green Lantern; these subdued back-alley tones are exactly what Black Bat calls for.

This just MAY be the best book you are not reading. And if not, WHY NOT? Great read. Twice!

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