Snow (4 stars)

DAN CURTIS JOHNSON,

Snow (DC/Titan)

BATMAN

The first thing that strikes you on opening Snow is the cartoon styled pop art, which is unlike any other Bat-book. Seth Fisher is one of the most distinctive artists in the world of superheroes, and his crazed cartoon graphics and smooth lines are instantly recognisable. Regrettably, Fisher died suddenly in 2006, falling from a hotel roof in Osaka and leaving behind a gorgeous, inspired but all too small legacy (Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan in particular is well worth checking out).

In the retelling of Batman’s first encounter with Mr Freeze, it’s the art that really brings this five issue story-arc to vibrant life. Adding a new fluid dimension to the story, every panel is a joy to look at, drinking in every exuberant detail. A pleasure from start to finish.

(Henry Northmore)

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