Batman Death by Design Review
This story takes place in the 1940s and has the Bat-Man investigating odd construction mishaps that are coinciding with the proposed demolition of the old Wayne Central Station to make way for a new one to be built. The key players in this story are: Gregor Greenside, architect on the original building; Kem Roomhaus, architect for the new building; Bart Loar, union president; Cyndia Syl, activist seeking to save the old station; Garnett Greenside, architect son of Gregor; Richard Frank, architectural critic for the Gotham Gazette; Exacto, a mystery masked man seeking to stop Loar and Roomhaus; as well as familiar characters Joker, Alfred, and, of course, Bruce Wayne/Bat-Man.
As suspected sabotage on buildings happen across the city, Frank writes of the suspicious happenings. He quickly receives both friendly and unfriendly warnings from Loar and Exacto that help put the pieces together on who is behind the mishaps. With Bruce Wayne caught in the middle, Bat-Man investigates while having to stop Joker's crime spree and kidnapping along the way.
Wow. This is by far the best original graphic novel I've read in a long while. This story had a great mix of every genre of fiction I enjoy: superheroes, crime drama, thriller, film noir, it's all there. The 100 page tale makes it well worth the $25 cover price and the story is one that I will definitely be reading again soon. Not only is the story amazing, but the art fits the writing so well. A true throwback to the original Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson drawn stories of the Golden Age. I would especially recommend this to anyone that has a love of the Batman The Animated Series and the "dark deco" feel that show went for. Here's hoping for a sequel!