Billy Bat is a comic-in-a-comic and the real protagonist is a Japanese-American artist named Kevin Yamagata who draws Billy Bat for "Marble Comics". Shortly after they transition to the artist in his studio with his assistant, two actual detectives, who look like Laurel and Hardy in Dick Tracy era suits and trench coats, knock on the door and appropriate Kevin's room for the purpose of conducting surveillance on a room in an adjacent building. One of the detectives, the skinny “Laurel”, sees Kevin's work and it turns out he's a Billy Bat fan. The other chubby "Hardy" detective picks up a page and says that the characters look familiar and accuses Kevin of translating an old "Jap" comic.
*Minor Spoilers* Naoki Urusawa delivers again with his most ambitious manga series to date. With the series spanning many decades you are treated with major historical figures and events included in this giant conspiracy of sorts. Can't say much when dealing with an Urusawa work, but you can expect great twists, no boredome and being highly anticipating what is going to happen next. If you like 20th century boys, Happy!, Monster and his other manga series then you get addicted to his storytelling then Billy Bat is no different. It is vert underrated so more people should give it a chance!
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