Comic Review: Batman Secret Files #1 (DC Comics)

Batman’s Secret Files #1 comes to us this month from DC. Let’s have a gander! First off, the cover, by Mikel Janin, doesn’t reveal anything secret, so we’re okay so […]

Batman’s Secret Files #1 comes to us this month from DC. Let’s have a gander!

First off, the cover, by Mikel Janin, doesn’t reveal anything secret, so we’re okay so far!

Inside, we’re treated to five short stories, all with different creative teams. For example, we start off with a three-page story by Tom King, with Mikel Janin returning on art; and then stories with Batman either appearing directly or in a suggested form. Either way, it IS all Batman, but the book feels kind of choppy; it’s as if Batman’s “Secret Files’ are actually “creative concepts to brainstorm and spitball with to see if they have legs”.

Okay, I said it. It’s an assembly of unrelated episodes, typically small in scope. That is a series of stories about righting a wrong. Making something happen. Reaching a turning point. And there’s nothing wrong with that, and nothing wrong with the stories; they are all entertaining. In fact, most of them are begging to be made into longer tales.

DC, Batman Secret Files #1, $4.99 for 36 pages of content. Teen

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!