Let's discuss two books and compare them a bit despite their having not that much in common besides having a Batman in them. I say a Batman because one story is very clearly not in continuity with a somewhat strange Batman and the other tale is very in continuity--the new 52 continuity where some things are different and some are the same, but continuity nonetheless. Let's talk about the book that's a bit more exotic first.
Batman: Death by Design
|The bits of color mixed with the black-and-white artwork is delightful|
this less-that-positive review points out too. The union boss (Bart Loar being his name) is a horrible person who tries to construct stuff of a low quality so it doesn't last long and he can get his men to do the replacement building in decade or two. Our villain also has people killed, threatens the children of decent men, and otherwise behaves in a mustache-twirling fashion, but I guess for the purposes of this story unions are evil and we should rely on a nice rich person like Bruce Wayne to fund our buildings without any nasty unions, because of course the super-rich are looking out for everyone's best interest!
3 out of 5 stars.
Batman and Robin: Born To Kill
|Morgan Ducart AKA "Nobody"|
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Comparing Despite the Contrasts
Each of these books were enjoyable, although I do think the, "Batman and Robin: Born to Kill," book was slightly better overall. Still, in regards to art, "Batman: Death by Design," cannot be beat--even if its story is best described as, "meh." Meanwhile, "Batman and Robin: Born to Kill," was a good story with presentable artwork. I'd recommend checking both of these out as one is a feast for the eyes, and the other is an overall solid read.