The Original Sin of Batman: Damned

Think Christian | 7/16/2019 | Staff
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What is the original sin? Augustine called it pride. The desert fathers built on that, describing pride as the root from which all deadly sins grow. Genesis 2 calls it the "knowledge of good and evil." In his latest comic, Brian Azzarello calls it "control.”

Batman: Damned is DC's first Black Label comic. The line was designed to offer more "mature" storytelling. It made unfortunate waves for the so-called Bat-wang controversy in Batman: Damned #1, but that panel of questionable artwork aside, this is mostly a compelling mystery. The Joker has been murdered and it seems the Batman may have done it. In trying to unravel the truth, the Dark Knight is joined on his quest by DC's least reliable narrator, the otherworldly detective John Constantine. What follows over the next three issues is a journey through Gotham's underworld, where Batman encounters many of DC's weirder heroes and anti-heroes, from Boston Band (aka Deadman, a spirit who possesses the living) to Jason Blood (host to the demon Etrigan, who speaks in rhymes).

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As it turns out, Batman: Damned is a sequel to Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo's previous 2008 graphic novel, Joker. In the climax of that story, Joker and one of the members of his gang, Johnny Frost, faced the Batman on a bridge. The Joker stabbed Batman and—being the agent of chaos he is—shot Frost, who plummeted into the river.

With Joker, Azzarello and Bermejo created a unique spin on Gotham that carries into Damned. Azzarello's narration conjures a noir detective story, one that’s appropriately dark for the Dark Knight. Bermejo's art follows suit, employing saturated colors and offering nightmarish reinterpretations of...
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