Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, my geeky internet friends. I hope you’re doing much better than Batman in Lee Bermajo’s Neo-Gothic Noel.
Noel is written to mirror “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens, and Bermajo inks it with confidence. Can people undergo a massive fundamental change? Batman is cast into the role of Scrooge; a very fitting character considering how selfish and dark his spirit has become.
The narrator of this bleak tale is a typical street-smart guy retelling the classic story that his father once shared with him. In this tale, our Dark Knight has sadly lost his way. Left alone with his bitterness, Batman now looks at Gotham through the eyes of a man without pity or compassion.
The ghosts appear to Bruce, one at a time over the night, telling him he has lost his path. Catwoman tells him how much of a true monster he’s become. Superman intervenes with a classic take of good versus evil. Lastly, The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come makes a terrifying appearance.
Noel is so good that I recommend you just pick up a copy of your own. We all love Batman as the ultimate bad ass, but it’s so refreshing to see him re-imagined or re-characterized over the years. It truly keeps the character fresh. I can’t gush enough about Bermajo’s storytelling or artwork – it’s something you have to experience for yourself. Enjoy.