Dark Night by Paul Dini
A True Batman Story

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The narrative structure—psychological action that unfolds through conversations with Batman and various villains—creates a perhaps unavoidable emotional distance with occasional Band-Aids over the dark void being hinted at.
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This is a Batman story like no other-the harrowing and eloquent autobiographical tale of writer Paul Dini’s courageous struggle to overcome a desperate situation.

The Caped Crusader has been the all-abiding icon of justice and authority for generations. But in this surprising original graphic novel, we see Batman in a new light-as the savior who helps a discouraged man recover from a brutal attack that left him unable to face the world.

In the 1990s, legendary writer Paul Dini had a flourishing career writing the hugely popular BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and TINY TOON ADVENTURES. Walking home one evening, he was jumped and viciously beaten within an inch of his life. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including the Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, or perhaps because of it, Dini also always imagined the Batman at his side, chivvying him along during his darkest moments.

A gripping graphic memoir of one writer’s traumatic experience and his deep connection with his creative material, DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY is an original graphic novel that will resonate profoundly with fans. Art by the incredible and talented Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS, TRANSMETROPOLITAN).
 

About Paul Dini

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Paul Dini has been making cartoons at Warner Bros. since 1989. Starting with "Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toons Adventures, " he went on to write (and eventually coproduce) "Batman: The Animated Series." He won four Emmys, three comics industry Eisner awards, and has, within the space of sixteen years, written more cartoons than most sane people will see in a lifetime. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published June 21, 2016 by Vertigo. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jun 17 2017

The narrative structure—psychological action that unfolds through conversations with Batman and various villains—creates a perhaps unavoidable emotional distance with occasional Band-Aids over the dark void being hinted at.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Ryan David Jahn on Jul 22 2016

Dark Night might have been great. Instead, it will have to settle for being very good, while not being quite as emotionally involving as it might have been.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Michael Melgaard on Jun 21 2016

Dark Night, for all of its superhero trappings, is a very real story – a creator struggling with doubt and questioning the legitimacy of his work. And because in the end Dark Night is a real story, Dini is allowed to find the redemption he needs to move on.

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