22 thoughts on “Batman: The Dark Prince Charming by Enrico Marini

    1. It was refreshing to go back to something simpler. It’s not flawless though, and the writing might irk you at times for how “cliché” they might sound, but if you consider how he’s never been swimming in the American comic book world, it’s quite fine! 😀 The artwork compensates for everything. 😀

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  1. Hooker shorts and fishnet stockings. Yep, must be a european 😉

    While I am not a fan of the Adam West tv version of Batman, the campy comedy, I also don’t like this complete descent into darkness that seems to be more and more consuming creators and readers of the Batman comics. Between the darkening of the heroes and the villains being turned into main characters, there is almost no more line differentiating them anymore…

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    1. Hahah that’s a quick and easy way to notice it. 😛 I believe he really wanted to draw them like that for once too. He mentions in the introduction/preface that he wanted to integrate Catwoman for selfish reasons too hahah She sort of was integrated into the narrative without really being a crucial and necessary element.

      And you’re right. That love for villains and how blurry they make the line between good and evil for some of our favourite heroes is more and more popular. Writers want to make us question human nature in itself, but at least with Batman, it’s easier to flirt with darkness since he is a relatively dark character ever since the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight era. I’ll however continue to love darker stories, and occasionally try and swim back to shore and enjoy the light a bit too. 😛 After all, I am studying in criminology. 😀 😀 I’m used to the darkness. 😛

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  2. Well I have so much to say here as I am following your reviews of comics since some months now Lashaan. First let me tell you that I surprised myself inside a comic books retailer two days ago. Because you reminded me that yes I do love comics even if they became really expensive now because some are real piece of art. I always loved drawing for as long as I can remember and used to draw comics in my teen. I dreamt of working for Disney as I loved drawing animals with human expression. Then life happened and I chose “serious” studies as I am what you could call a brainiac. Now after seeing all these books on your feed I just want to go back and buy some of them that I spotted recently.
    I am first attracted by the drawings. And I am sorry to say that if the drawing does not pelase me, even a brilliant scenario won’t make me buy it.
    Now back to your post because I digress!
    Yes Stan was a genius and yes he opened doors. We need men and women like him. Showing the way. Inspiring others.
    And back to The Dark Prince Charming I agree with everything you mentioned above about the drawing, the atmosphere oozing from these pages.
    Wow I think this is the longest comment I’ve ever left on a blog!
    So just go on LOL

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    1. Awwn, thank you so much for sharing this with me, Sophie. I totally understand why you ended up letting go of anything related to comics. I too wouldn’t have considered it “serious”, but over the past couple of years I have realized that there are stories that far more “serious” than some of the “serious” novels we read. So many today still consider comics as a childish thing or one that only geeks with nothing better to do would enjoy, but that’s not true. There are some phenomenal stories out there well-worth everyone’s time. People just need to look closer, or at least give themselves the time to discover them.

      I am really glad that you have now found a desire to revisit this medium, and to rekindle that love for art. I do hope you’ll fall upon some beautiful stories and that you won’t lose this love for it again. I assure, there will always be a great book out there for you. 😉

      Absolutely. Stan Lee really did leave us something so precious. The power of creativity! He showed us how important entertainment is, and how much it can chance a person’s life. People who have never picked up a comic/graphic novel should give themselves the chance to enjoy one. There is so much to appreciate from this medium.

      Ahh yes, I love when the artwork speaks for itself. I mean, a picture is worth a thousand words, right? 😛

      Thank you again for taking the time to share this with me, Sophie! ❤

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  3. Ace viewpoint as always sir! I bought this when it was originally released as two separate hardcover comics and very much enjoyed it. I agree about the writing, it doesn’t measure up to the Killing Joker or Year One but it’s good enough. As you say, the real selling point is the art. It really is a visual splendour and the use of colour is phenomenal – those rusty, sun-drenched and fiery or oranges are just beautiful.

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    1. Ohhh sweeet!! I didn’t know you actually followed this mini-series. You’re definitely right, I couldn’t put it alongside the Killing Joke or Year One, although it could’ve made that list if it just changed some things in the story and the dialogues. But yes! The artwork is amazing. I loved every moment of it, especially when it took the whole page. Amazing paintings! 😛

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  4. WANT. This sounds WONDERFUL. Batman has always been my favorite DC character and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a solid standalone tale from him. I mean, yes, this is a collection. But I’ll take an oversize trade paperback any day. Bring. It. On. I look forward to judging the writing for myself. While I trust your opinions, I am not as well-read in comics. Perhaps I’ll be a bit more lenient. 😉

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    1. Hahahah I’m glad of your interest in it! And you could basically consider it a graphic novel that was just released in two parts. And the oversized hardcover is explained by how beautiful the artwork is. Definitely worth checking out just for that alone! As for the writing, yes, I think there’s enough to appreciate here for sure! 😉

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