Batman The Ugly American Graphic Novel Review

June 9, 2017 No comments exist

Batman the ugly american review

A Graphic Novel About America?

Batman The Ugly American, much like The Black Spider, is another single issue arc that I got as part of the Shadow Of The Bat Volume One collection.

Like The Black Spider, I have read it, I just can’t really remember it.
These stories are hard to retain in my old age.
I’m really excited to retread the book however, Alan Grant is shaping up to be one of the best writers and I become more and more engrossed with every chapter I read.

Donald Trump (Only Ugly American I could think of)

The book opens with the laughably bad, John Payne…also known as the Ugly American, running a group of teenagers off the road because they were driving a none American car. The villain rocks up to a bar in a t-shirt that says ‘I eat roadkill’ and you know instantly that it’s ‘going to be ONE of them.’ You couldn’t make it up.
The racist character, threatens every minority, turning down foreign beer and killing ‘non American’ dogs on his quest to find his daughter, Tina.
He eventually tracks her down and ofcourse she is married to an Asian man.
Ooop daddy won’t be happy.

Jon in Pain..see…clever

You can guess what happens next, The government show up to take down Payne who turns out to be an experiment. Payne is shot whilst grappling with Batman and the dark knight states ‘you said he was the Ugly American…after seeing what you did you are!’
Yeah the writing isn’t up to Grant’s usual standards.
I know I’m being very very negative on the book. It is hard to really have this kind of story really feel high quality no matter the writer. There are instant satirical moments in which we see, through Flashbacks, the Ugly American being subjected to indoctrination to hate foreigners. It seems like a parody of modern news coverage. We are always told to hate and despise the other and that immigration is responsible for all of our problems, even though you only have to read a book to discover that it’s not.
Honestly it was probably this section of the issue that saved it for me. I see how intelligently Grant is trying to be and thus far he has done a great job of covering Mental Healthy, Drug abuse and now the factors that lead towards racism.

Batman Vs The Ugly American

The Verdict

The Ugly American is an ok read, it actually stands up today more than the majority of the books written in 1992, mainly due to the election of Donald Trump and the hate that we are taught to have of the Middle East. The run can be quite thought provoking at times but issues like this have been portrayed at a higher level in better books. I’ve forgotten it by the end of writing this review. Yay senility. All of the above makes it difficult to recommend.

That’s why it gets a….


If you’ve been following my reviews then you know that i’m ranking the books as I read them in what all the fans of me lovingly call ‘Rank As I Read’ or ‘Rank As You Read’…I don’t know, I can’t remember, you do though as you’re a proper fan.

So here is the leaderboard so far.

  1. Batman The Cult
  2. Batman The Long Halloween
  3. Batman The Killing Joke
  4. Batman: Arkham Asylum A Serious House On Serious Earth
  5. Batman And The Monster Men
  6. Batman The Last Arkham
  7. Batman Dark Victory
  8. Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  9. Trinity
  10. Batman Bride Of The Demon
  11. Batman: Year One
  12. Batman: Venom
  13. Batman A Death In The Family
  14. Batman: Night Cries
  15. Batman: Gothic
  16. Batman: Fears
  17. Batman: Prey
  18. Robin Year One
  19. Batman And The Mad Monk
  20. Batman: Son Of The Demon
  21. Batman Blind Justice
  22. Batman Ego
  23. Batman: Shaman
  24. Crisis On Infinite Earths
  25. Batman: Terror
  26. Batman A Lonely Place Of Dying
  27. Batman The Black Spider
  28. Batman: Faces
  29. Batgirl: Year One
  30. Catwoman: When In Rome
  31. Batman: Madness
  32. Batman: Ghosts
  33. Batman: Strange Apparitions
  34. Batman Second Chances
  35. Batman The Ugly American