Ego and Other Tails is a compilation of Darwyn Cooke's early Batman stories. Many of you may know Cooke from his iconic and hugely successful series, New Frontier. Having read Cooke at the height of his game and loving his perspective of Batman, I couldn't resist visiting his older tales of the Dark Knight.
Ego digs deep into the psyche of Bruce Wayne as he battles the demonic personification of himself. Probably the most overrated of the stories, I would be lying if I didn't admit being a little let down. Fortunately, the remaining stories in the compilation carry the weight needed to appease my Batman appetite.
Also included in the collection is a solo tale of Catwoman called Selina's Big Score. With barely two frames of Batman to be found, Selina carries the story with an entirely new perspective of
There are probably half a dozen other three to four page shorts, all worth reading and equally exciting. There are even guest artist appearences from famous Batman creators like Tim Sale. What I love about Cooke's work is his cinematic eye and noirish style. Although simple, his pages are filled with the detail and composition needed to bring the story to life.