Hello. My name is Field, Lyle Field.
In December 1991, DC Comics brought out an outrageous Christmas tale that it became my very favourite, the Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special. It was such a different, ironic and twisted Christmas tale that it has been my favourite for 20 years, that is until Batman: Noël arrived on the stands nearly two months ago.
Batman: Noël is an original hardcover tale that features the Dark Knight pursuing his most hated enemy across the frozen landscape of Gotham City. You may think it’s the Joker but really he is pursuing himself that sets up a bizarre series of events that threaten to steal Batman’s soul… forever!!!
Batman: Noël adapts Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” putting the Dark Knight into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge with the background of Gotham City while in pursuit of the Joker.
Lee Bermejo has written and drawn a soon to be classic comic book story combining a Dicken’s prose style narrative with comic book graphics that is quite eye-catching and suspenseful. Incidentally, Batman: Noël is Bermejo’s very first scripting work.
My experience with Bermejo’s exquisite and beautiful art work has been with two of Brian Azzarello’s scripted works featuring two of the greatest foes of the World’s Finest Team (for those who do not know what I mean, I am referring to Superman and Batman). Both Luthor (originally featured as a 2004 mini-series) and the Joker took a look at how these two villains function outside of their confrontation with Superman and Batman. Both projects beautifully drawn by Bermejo.
Bermejo utilized an intrigue style of characters to represent the three Christmas Ghosts from Dickens classic tale. Catwoman represented the past where we see a Batman almost happy with Dick Grayson as his Robin taking on their rogues gallery in the near campy 60s style that is reflective of the 1960’s Batman TV Series.
The Ghost of Christmas Present is represented by Superman who is drawn almost angelic with an aura of light surrounding him. Bermejo took this light from the Superman Movies where Lois Lane describe Superman is so warm to touch that he radiates heat.
The joke, no pun intended, for the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Joker and certainly fits very well in Batman’s current feverish state of how the world will move on with him dead. A future where his legend might be perverted into an all out war between the followers of Batman and the followers of the Joker devastating the last ebb of innocence of Gotham City.
It is going to be hard pressed to pick the best original graphic novel between Batman: Noël and the New Teen Titans: Games by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, both are awesome stories.
As for Bermejo, his art is really best suited for covers and large scale graphic novels than a regular comic book format. It has that grandiose star-studded style. If you want to check out his work in detail, order the Luthor and the Joker graphic novels. Aside from that, Bermejo is going to be the regular cover artist for Marvel’s Winter Soldier series by Ed Brubaker and Jackson Guice on sale in at the beginning of 2012. Add it to your subscription.
I certainly hope that Bermejo returns to write and draw another original hardcover graphic Christmas novel this time starring Superman.
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