As promised, May continues to be an out-of-control month for graphic novel reading. If you missed Part I, you can find it here. Now let’s continue…
Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Volume I (1966-67/2014) Jiro Kuwata
Trade paperback, 352 pages
Kuwata’s version of Batman for Japanese manga audiences appeared at roughly the same time as the Batman television show in America and Japan (1966-67). Hints of the campy style of the TV show carry over into Kuwata’s work, but you won’t see any of Batman’s regular lineup of supervillains. Instead, Kuwata gives us Lord Death Man, Doctor Faceless, the Human Ball, Professor Gorilla, Go-Go the Magician, and “The Man Who Quit Being Human,” the story of a mutant.