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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 the Author
Paul Dini is a multiple Emmy and Eisner Award-winning writer and producer who has helped redefine the legends of the DC Universe in such series as The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Krypto and Justice League Unlimited. In doing so, he co-created one of the most popular characters in comics in Harley Quinn, who originated as a character in Batman: The Animated Series. In comics he has authored The World's Greatest Super-Heroes, illustrated by Alex Ross. Dini has also collaborated with Chip Kidd on Batman Animated for HarperCollins.
"A powerful tale of healing and redemption."--Neil Gaiman, New York Times best-selling author of THE SANDMAN and American Gods
"Riveting form start to finish: so revealing, so poignant, so insightful...a masterpiece."--Mark Hamill, Actor in Star Wars, Voice actor in Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Killing Joke
“This graphic novel stands as one of the bravest, most vulnerable works of the medium in years...”—PASTE MAGAZINE
“[DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY] an extremely personal work that still hedges even as it reveals, partly out of self-preservation.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Paul Dini, recounts the depression, alcoholism, and self-harm he endured during the height of the cartoon’s popularity, and Eduardo Risso provides brutally evocative artwork to accompany it.”—VULTURE
“Paul Dini has turned a tragic night of fear into an instantly-classic graphic novel."—WASHINGTON POST
“The vulnerability shown by Dini in laying bare his internal wounds, and the ability of Risso to so compassionately, beautifully, insightfully give image to Dini’s emotions and words—makes this a standout in the medium, among the finest works of comic art published in the 21st century.”--FORBES
“A masterpiece of biographical storytelling in the comics medium.”--HUFFINGTON POST
“A very emotional and powerful read. Dini bares his soul on the page.”--IGN
“[Dini] turns personal tragedy into artistic triumph.”--NERDIST
“Dini bravely bares his soul to himself and us."--CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
“Something special.”-- TORONTO STAR