It’s Christmas Eve in Gotham, and a joyless miser is working late.
Batman: Noël puts a unique spin on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In this retelling of the story, the ostensible good guy plays the role of Scrooge. A hapless and desperate Bob Cratchit has taken a job as a bagman for The Joker in order to make ends meet for Christmas. After a run-in with the Dark Knight in an alley, Cratchit flees without The Joker’s money. Batman, knowing his arch-nemesis will certainly come to collect what’s his, plans to surveil Cratchit’s apartment until the Joker arrives.
Before Batman sets out to wait for The Joker, a vision of his dead partner signals the coming of three “spirits” during the night.
It’s hardly possible to spoil a retelling of A Christmas Carol, but without getting too deep into the details, it’s safe to say that writer/illustrator Lee Bermejo makes great use of the DC Universe characters to tell this story of Christmas redemption.
Bermejo’s illustrations are beautiful, and the book itself is actually a very nice hardcover with a dust jacket. As a bonus to fans of the Batman movies, The Dark Knight’s suit in Noël is rumored to serve as the basis for the suit that will be worn by Ben Affleck in Batman vs. Superman.
For under $20 on Amazon, Batman: Noël makes a great gift for Bat-fans.