File Decrypted (Batman: Secret Files Comic Review)

Writer Tom King; Ram V; Cheryl Lynn Eaton; Jordie Bellaire; Tom Taylor

Artist Mike Janin; Jorge Fornes; Elena Casagrande; Jill Thompson; Brad Walker

Colorist Jodie Bellaire; Matt Wilson; Trish Mulvihill; Andrew Hennesey

Letterer Clayton Cowles; Steve Wands; Deron Bennett; Tom Napolitano

Cover Mike Janin

Assoc. Editor Brittany Holzherr

Editor Jamie S. Rich

Something we haven’t seen from DC in a little while, a collection of short stories and vignettes that all come together in a very interesting and meaningful way. Batman: Secret Files is that very book. Brought together almost like a storybook one would read to their children as I have started reading this comic to my daughter.

A total of five stories from all different writers, each having proved themselves in their writing, have a collective quality in this book. That all of the stories are concise, meaningful, and compelling all at the same time. A lot of times the multiple story comics can turn out to be a lot of noise without really grabbing you into these little worlds they construct. Secret Files seems to break the mold and honestly, I expected no lies considering the stars that stud the credits in this book. There’s not one square inch of this comic that wasn’t crafted to be consumed and chanted like a mantra for the next generations.

The artwork is another awesome thing about this book, each story having their own artist really lent to how compelling each story is. Each panel is full of relevant information to help us understand the subtext through the illustration. Not an easy feat but very nicely done here. This book, in my opinion, was absolutely wonderful. No ifs, ands, or buts, about it. Go pick this up at your local shop.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
The five separate stories were very refreshing in comparison to the sort of dragged out long-winded over arcs in the main stories. This was a very nice distraction from wondering what's going on with Bane and why he's hanging out with Psycho Pirate since Batman #50.
Good
  • Compelling
  • Beautifly Written
  • Fun shout out to past threats.
  • Great Character Development
  • Attention To Detail
  • Leaves You Excited For More
10
Perfect
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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