Saturday, April 19, 2014

Batman: Li'l Gotham by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs


Batman: Li'l Gotham (Volume 1) by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

Review by Lauren

copy from library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: First up, Robin needs Batman's help to learn the true meaning of Halloween. Then, on Thanksgiving, Batman and Robin join the families of Gotham City around the table for a holiday feast--and birds of a feather flock together to stage a march against the city...led by The Penguin!  As Christmas time approaches, the search for a missing holiday choir leads Batman and Nightwing into a confrontation with Mr. Freeze! But in this heartfelt Christmas tale, the frozen fiend's motives aren't as nefarious as they seem...And on a festive New Year's Eve, Catwoman thinks she'll be spending a quiet night at home, contemplating her New Year's resolutions--until Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn show up, that is!

Review: For someone like me, who is mostly a newbie to Batman and his world, I found Batman Li'l Gotham to be a bit confusing in parts. The actual stories are cute and easy to follow, but they include a lot characters and I didn't always know who they were at first. However, I eventually figured things out for the most part and found myself really enjoying this volume of stories.

The Joker and Harley Quinn on Valentine's Day


Li'l Gotham is perfect for younger Batman fans, as all the characters are drawn in miniature and each story focuses around various holidays, most involving a mystery that wraps up nice in the end. I could see parents that grew up loving Batman sharing these stories with their children to start their love of the superhero without the violence and more "scary moments." For me, it was cool to get to know some of the other people in the Batman universe through these comics (obviously collected together in this first volume). I've been on a Batman kick lately, so it's nice to get a better understanding in an easy to read format that doesn't take too much thought to get through.

If you're completely new to Batman, you might want to look up some of the famous characters so you aren't left confused while reading, since nobody is really explained; they simply show up and do their thing, from the villains to the heroes. For example, the first stories show Batman and Robin but what you have to know is that the current Robin is Damian, Batman's biological son and not one of his earlier Robins (like Dick Grayson).

Beyond that, I think this was a fun collection and I would definitely recommend to Batman fans, young and old. The second volume of Li'l Gotham comes out August 5, 2014, and I'm definitely excited to check it out! They're cute and fun and perfectly enjoyable!


This was read for the Graphic Novel Reading Challenge

12 comments:

Tracy Terry said...

What? Batman has a son?

Zoe N. said...

I'm not a huge fan of superhero novels or superheroes in general, so I think I'm going to skip this one, but I'm really glad you liked it Lauren! <3

Tanja - Tanychy said...

I have never actually been fan of Batman. I mean I have seen one movie - the classic one but I really want to see the latest too. I'm sorry that this one was a bit confusing but I'm glad you enjoyed it overall. Great review :)

Angela's Anxious Life said...

I have been wanting to check out this comic!! It is true that Robin can be a little confusing for people who don't read a lot of Batman comics. When I started reading Batman I just thought Robin was the Robin I always knew and loved.

Medeia Sharif said...

Sometimes too many characters or confusing names throw me off, but then I'll sink into a story.

Giselle said...

I'm a pretty new noobie to batman and his world too I never actually read anything but I did watch movies and my husband happily gave me a lot of the stories haah. This sounds like a fun collection to check out though!

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

This series looks so cute! I thought about picking up a few issues, but never got around too it. I'm glad you enjoyed it overall

Rachel said...

I had no idea there was more than one Robin or that Batman has a son. I'm not a comic book person, but I know they have a huge following. Great review, Lauren! :)

bermudaonion said...

I'm not sure I like anime type drawings for Batman - that seems odd to me.

Erika Sorocco said...

Oh, I need this for my nephew - he would love it!!

xx

Alexia561 said...

What?! When did Batman have a son? Please tell me his mother is Catwoman, because that would be awesome! *L*

kimbacaffeinate said...

My daughter's bo is a batman freak and I bet he would love this.I am told the comics are very different from the tv show and movies, so I would probably be confused too.