The Invisible Batman

Batman Unseen; written by Doug Moench; illustrated by Kelley Jones (2007-2008): Throwback to Moench’s 1990’s and 1980’s work on Batman, some of it with Jones as illustrator. Batman, plagued by doubts about the efficacy of his Batman persona when it comes to frightening an increasingly unfrightened criminal lot, faces an invisible enemy — a scientist driven crazy by his invisibility serum.

1980’s Moench creation Black Mask, one of Gotham’s criminal kingpins, plays a supporting villainous role. Jones’s art is as interesting and grotesque as it’s ever been, and Moench’s Batman is a lot more human than most recent incarnations. The invisible villain isn’t all that interesting, and Batman seems to have way more trouble fighting him than one would expect. Not a high point for either creator, but certainly diverting. Lightly recommended.

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