Just in time for the new year: The DC Book Club has returned!
Join us next week for the return of the DC Book Club with a holiday-themed DC classic: Batman Noël! This month’s DC Book Club will kick off on 2021-12-13T05:00:00Z, and will run through 2021-12-31T05:00:00Z!
Batman Noël is FREE to read as a registered member all month, so give it a read HERE and join the discussions in this thread all throughout December!
Grab a cup of hot chocolate, throw a few more logs on the fire, and settle in for a snowy adventure through Gotham! With appearances of some of our favorite DC heroes and villains, this wintery read from Lee Bermejo is perfect for the holiday season. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like The Bats taking on the city’s criminals while a layer of fresh powdery snow covers the streets of Gotham. Strap in! Its going to be a long, cold night…
For this month’s DC Book Club, we’ll be splitting the book into thirds (as listed in DCUI):
- First Third (Dec. 13-19): Pages 1-27
- Second Third (Dec. 20-26): Pages 28-54
- Final Third (Dec. 27-31): Pages 55-83
Here are some thought starter/discussion questions to kick things off!
First 3rd Discussion Questions
What do you think the holiday season feels like in Gotham City? Hopeful? Fearful?
In the opening pages of Batman Noël, the narrator asks the reader to believe in something…how did you take this ask? Was it something you were onboard with, or did you need a little convincing?
How do you feel about the character of Bob? Do you think he’s a hardened criminal, or is he just trying to get by in life?
Fear is an unusual concept to pair with the holiday season. What role do you think fear plays in this book? Do you enjoy the way Bermejo plays with the theme of fear in a holiday-themed comic book? If so, why? If not, why not?
The correlation between Batman Noël and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is clear from early on in the book. Did you enjoy the intertwining of these storylines?
Second 3rd Discussion Questions
1: Batman states “They all have children” when Alfred questions him about the risks he’s taking. Do you think that Batman has lost his way in this statement or is it sometimes necessary to risk the innocent in the fight against crime?
2: When Robin appears to Bruce in the Batcave, do you think this was a vision or a hallucination caused by his sickness?
3: On page 40, the narrator states that a beautiful girl appears at Batman’s bedside, but the following scene with Catwoman takes place on a rooftop. Do you think this is an error made by the narrator, or an indication that a majority of the night’s events never actually happened?
4: On Page 48, we’re taken back to the tragic death of Bruce’s parents. Do you think their killer is in a similar position to Bob? Just a desperate man doing whatever he can to survive who makes a mistake?
5: Superman’s appearance in Gotham comes as somewhat of a surprise. Do you think he’s a good choice for the Ghost of Christmas Present?
Final Discussion Questions
1: The narrator describes Scrooge as wondering how the citizens of Gotham always “kept the faith” and how they always “seemed to fill a glass that was constantly half empty”. How do you think they kept the faith? In a city full of wild criminals and a seemingly weak police force, how do you think Gotham’s people pushed on?
2: What did you think of Bermejo’s portrayal of Joker as the third spirit? Do you think Joker is a fitting personification of the Ghost of “Gotham Yet-to-Come” (Jitsu trademark, patent pending )?
3: How did you feel about the representation of Gotham’s future, with violent gangs inspired by Batman and the Joker constantly clashing in the streets? Do you think Batman runs the risk of doing more harm than good?
4: Batman seems to struggle with his legacy in the final pages of Batman Noël. How do you think this struggle motivates him to do good in Gotham? Do you believe Batman needs to change his ways in order to preserve his legacy?
5: The book ends with Bob and his son enjoying a quiet Christmas dinner together. After all that happened in Batman Noël…what do you think? What’s the moral of the story?
Thank you for joining this DC Book Club, and have a wonderful rest of your year! See you in 2022! <3
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