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BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #40-44: "Ghosts"
Author: Justin Gonzalez
April 10, 2010
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Sam Keith has both writing and artistic duties on the latest 4-part story arc of BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL titled "Ghosts."

The homeless citizens of Gotham City are being murdered and Batman must find the killer. But the killer doesn't appear to be human, perhaps heís a ghost?

Like our friend Jett, I am not a huge fan of paranormal Batman stories -- especially when they try to be based in realism. Consequently, I didn't like the premise of this arc before I even read it. Pretty messed up, I know, but it is what it is.

The storyís 4 issues didnít change my mind. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't a great read either. Issue #1 did entertain and intrigue me, but it fell by the wayside rather quickly from that point on.

Homeless people are getting murdered and Batman requires the assistance of a social worker named Callie. That was my first problem. Why in the hell would Batman need help with murders from a social worker?

I thought Sam Keith's writing was good enough, but the plot is too convoluted, yet surprisingly simple at the same time.

On one hand, you have a simple "Batman vs. A Supernatural Being" base to the storyline. But then thereís this weird, pseudo love story between Batman and the Callie character.

I will say that the pacing over all the issues was done quite well. Even if I didn't love the story, it was well planned and carried out.

The real star here is the art, hands down.

Sam Keith has an incredibly unique style. Now, itís definitely an acquired taste, but tremendous nonetheless.

There are panels that look like he drew them on his kitchen table the day of the deadline. Then you turn the page and get a close-up of Batman that should be in the Museum of Modern Art.

Overall, I give BC's "Ghosts" a B -- mostly due to Keithís art.

Bottom line: If you don't like Sam Keith's art, then your probably not going to like this story arc as itís the best thing about it.

New Yorker Justin Gonzalez reviews comics
and the BATMAN BEYOND TV series for BOF.

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