Batman: Death Mask

Death MaskAnd the work which has become a genre unto itself shall be called: Bat-manga!  Or something like that.

There’s no denying that Batman gets the manga love and that was even before Batman Begins turned the Dark Knight into a ninja. First Kia Asamiya’s absolutely gorgeous Batman: Child of Dreams was brought over to the US.  Then Chip Kidd unearthed 40 year old Batman manga in Bat-manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan. Now, DC has released the collected Batman: Death Mask, a manga by Yoshinori Natsume commissioned for western audiences.

A pre-Batman Bruce Wayne encounters a cursed Oni mask in Japan while perfecting his martial arts training.  This encounter forces Bruce to focus on the purpose of The Batman — spirit of vengeance or guardian of Gotham?

20 years later the mask reappears in Bruce’s life and is connected to a string of serial killings.  Can Batman exorcise the demons of his past and — more importantly — break a cycle of vengeance which extends back for centuries?

Put a hold on Batman: Death Mask.

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