Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader

Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader

The Deluxe Edition

Book - 2009
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Written by Neil Gaiman Art by Andy Kubert & Scott Williams, Mark Buckingham, Bernie Mireault & Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley Cover by Andy Kubert & Scott Williams Best-selling author Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN) joins a murderer's row of talented artists in lending his unique touch to the Batman mythos for this Deluxe Edition hardcover! Spotlighting the story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" from BATMAN #685 and DETECTIVE COMICS #852 in which Gaiman joins artist Andy Kubert and inker Scott Williams for a story that shines a new light on the Batman mythos. Also collects Gaiman stories from SECRET ORIGINS #36, SECRET ORIGINS SPECIAL #1 and BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #2. This collection is not to be missed! Advance-solicited; on sale July 22 - 7 1/16" x 10 7/8", 128 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2009
ISBN: 9781401223038
1401223036
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Gaima 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,ill. (chiefly col.). --
Additional Contributors: Kubert, Andy

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KateHillier May 03, 2014

Neil Gaiman does Batman - perhaps my expectations were a little bit high when it came to this collection. The centrepiece is the title piece - where Batman attends his own funerals and friends and foes alike tell different tales of his life and death. The art is subdued but colourful, fitting for a funerary piece, and while some of the art changes with the tale being told the base, much like the story, stays the same.

The other tales here are interesting a but mostly forgettable. A black and white piece treating Batman and Joker as actors in television show can't help but make the reader smirk while the other stories - a Poison Ivy tale, and a reporter story interlaced with a bizarrely fascinating Riddler story done in older style - aren't quite up to the same caliber.

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Jun 06, 2013

I enjoyed the various art styles but basically the varied stories left me untouched. 'Overkill' on the varied attempts to reminisce about this supposed death of Batman - and the beyond. Passable but I suggest you pass this book.

dp50268n Dec 10, 2012

It was good but it wasn't great. I was able to guess right away who the figure was. But I did like the concept behind it, He was able to tie in different batmans. I still feel that there should have been more details and more emotion. I feel that Batman just accepted it far too easily, I'd have liked it more if there had been more depth to his emotions.

PrimaGigi Oct 09, 2011

If you're going to kill my favorite super hero off at least do it with class like the other 500 millions times everyone else has shoved him in a box. I felt cold and had a "Huh?" feeling in the pit of my brain. This is my first Neil Gaiman read ever. Maybe I'm so uncool I don't get him enough, the story just didn't move and I was left staring dumbly at the whole book after the last page. Please stop messing with my Batman or I will have to renounce your writing credibility.

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