Brooker's new book is Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-First Century Batman.
For the Guardian, he named his top 10 comic book-classic mashups--examples that "demonstrate the criss-crossing, intertextual relationship between comic books and more traditionally literary texts." One entry on his list:
The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan TalbotRead about another entry on the list.
Talbot, a veteran of 2000AD and Batman, explores gentler territory with this story of a teenage girl running away from domestic abuse and following in the footsteps of her heroine, Beatrix Potter. What begins as a grim, street-level narrative becomes a pilgrimage, a heritage tour and finally a literary epiphany as Helen, accompanied by her imaginary rat-friend and drawing strength from her favourite books, confronts her abuser and embraces a new life in the hills of the Lake District. Talbot's final pages, written and drawn in the style of Potter, wrap up the happy ending.