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.
What sets this manga apart is how masterfully the author manages to write 20 volumes about how there is something big going on across the history of the world when in fact there is nothing, zero, nada. It is amazing how no character ever sits down for a moment to think whats going (nada) and says "wait a minute, why should I even care??" but the author skillfully writes so that even you, the reader, goes along with it. That being said, the art is good and the author a professional bullshitter.
*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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