Friday, 14 October 2011

Holy Terror Batman or not!

This is going to be one of those love or hate books. It's basically about a Batman and Catwoman type characters who get involved with a terrorist attack. At first, it is quite straight forward with suicide bombers, but then goes a bit too far for me. It shows all Muslims in a bad light, and the main character is clearly racist. Then the main good guy uses torture on suspects to get information, this is not the way I want my heroes to act.

The artwork is startling, typical Frank Miller, violent and suggestive. I suspect some people will read this for the art. For once, however, the art does not justify the book. The racist undertones are too much for me to like this book. I suspect it would be a good discussion piece for a reading group, because it is bound to seperate opinions. It's not suitable for children.

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