Batman: Room Full of Strangers (April 2004)

Skitched 20131111 161751Room Full of Strangers is a depressingly little story about Jim Gordon going on vacation after retiring and finding himself in the middle of a film noir. Except it’s all very brightly colored and playful film noir, courtesy Scott Morse, who somehow makes the cartoonish atmosphere perfect.

It’s not just how he moves his characters around–each has a very distinct, caricature look in Morse’s style–rather, it’s how he colors the scenes. He’s able to set a mood with just a single color over his art; the night time scene is fantastic, but there’s also some beautiful stuff with Gordon walking around this coastal setting.

Morse’s attention to character isn’t just finding them the perfect physical representation, he drops a devastating little setup in Gordon’s lap. His pacing feels cinematic too–he even references the Key Largo connection.

Strangers is a wonderful mainstream comic. Morse accomplishes quite a bit.


Writer, artist and colorist, Scott Morse; letterer, Janice Chiang; editors, Nachie Castro and Bob Schreck; publisher, DC Comics.

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.