Tales Of The Batman: Tim Sale

February 11, 2008 | Trades


Tales Of The Batman: Tim Sale
Tim Sale, Darwyn Cooke, Alan Grant, Kelley Puckett, James Robinson
DC Comics
$36.99/$29.99 US (Hardcover)
**** (out of five)

Tim Sale does more than just supply art for TV shows.
Before he became the resident artist for the red-hot program, Heroes, Sale was an award-winning comic book artist.
His collaborations with writer Jeph Loeb, including Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory, Spider-Man: Blue, Daredevil: Yellow and Hulk: Gray, are some of the finest work the medium has produced over the past decade or so.
Of course, he was a pretty darned good artist long before that.
While The Long Halloween and Dark Victory immediately spring to mind when the words “Tim Sale” and “Batman” come up, the artist has already taken a few stabs at this iconic character long before either of those two stories and now readers can get them all in one place.
Tales Of The Batman: Tim Sale contains a handful of diverse stories, from the bemusing Madmen Across The Water, focusing on a group of Batman’s mortal enemies who end up forming a prison softball team, to the tragic Blades, about a the rise and fall of a new would-be hero for Gotham City and The Misfits, revealing a plot by a quartet of B-list bad guys looking to make it to the big time.
Being able to look back and see Sale’s art style evolve is a true treat and it’s easy to see how someone so talented could go on to greatness.

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