Mondo’s Batman Gallery is a Bold, Colorful Tribute to the Caped Crusader
Batman means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The best thing about Mondo's new gallery show centered around DC Comics' Dark Knight is that it knows this. If your Batman is the violent, grizzled version Frank Miller drew and wrote, you're covered. If your Batman is the level-headed martial artist and detective of the Christopher Nolan films, you'll find plenty to love. You love Bathound? This gallery show has Bathound. Few characters have had the longevity of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego and this show is evidence of why. There's a reason this show is a "75th Anniversary" tribute -- Batman is whatever his fans want him to be.
Sure, you're going to find all of the expected prints and paintings. This wouldn't be a proper Batman show unless someone crafted a stunning poster of Michelle Pfeifer's Catwoman from 'Batman Returns.' However, the real joys, especially for longtime fans of the Caped Crusader across various mediums, will be in the more niche pieces.
Fans of writer Scott Snyder and artists Jock and Francesco Francavilla's exceptional 'Detective Comics' storyline "The Black Mirror" will be overjoyed to find a poster dedicated to this acclaimed arc, which blends both artists' work together into something extraordinary.
Those who grew up with 'Batman: The Animated Series' will have only love for prints dedicated to Harley Quinn and the beloved episode "Heart of Ice," which are as classy and retro as the series proper.
And while plenty of fans are going to find a lot to love about Kevin Tong's gorgeous trio of posters representing Nolan's films (with 'The Dark Knight' being the standout), Martin Ansin's colorful, wild take on the 1960s TV series starring Adam West can't help but make you smile.
If there's one major standout from the show, it's probably Jock's poster for Frank Miller's iconic comic miniseries 'Batman: Year One,' which showcases the Dark Knight fleeing from a Gotham SWAT team through a building represented by a schematic. It's clever, creative, gorgeous work.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Scroll on down to check out the rest of this amazing show for yourself.
Mondo's Batman 75 Anniversary show will run until November 15, 2014. You can check it out for yourself at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, Texas.