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Batman: 1: Challenge of the Man Bat Paperback – 6 Jun 1989

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (6 Jun. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185286141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852861414
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I really liked this book and thought it needed defending. Yes, it is a bit (Ok, very) cheesy in places but this is just how comics were written in the 70's. Get past this and it's an enjoyable read. The black and white artwork, on the other hand, has aged very well. It looks great and this alone elevates it above the one star mark.

Plus, Johnathon Ross liked it enough to write the intro; which makes at least two to one in favor...
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By Steve on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
The story telling is undeniably campy but equally fun and charming (it is of it's time, the 60s post Adam West TV show). What really elevates it to brilliant is the art by Neal Adams which grows over this book collecting his earliest Batman stories. In black and white Adams' work has never looked better, Batman has never looking more magnificent.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I tried to think of something constructive to say, but this badly written novel is by far the worst book i have read recently & well up on the worst of the worst short list of purchases i have made over 20yrs of comic reading. Save your money & buy other dark knight titles instead. Very poor.
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By davey peacock on 7 Oct. 2014
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
negative reviews are inaccurate 23 Jun. 2010
By gregmag - Published on
Format: Paperback
The negative reviews posted here all seem to deal with a completely different book. This confusion isn't the reviewers' fault; Amazon somehow imported reviews of that other book to this page. Anyway, the book called "Batman: Challenge of the Man-Bat" is exactly what the Amazon listing says it is: a black and white trade paperback, published by Titan Books in the U.K., that reprints four Batman stories from the 1970s with Neal Adams art. The stories are pretty great, by the way; but I'm mainly posting this to try to clear up the confusion.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Green Arrow Team-Ups 21 Aug. 2005
By Chris A. Weber - Published on
Format: Paperback
You need to ignore the title of this book. Batman is the featured character only in the second part. Green Arrow is the continuing character in the whole collection.

This trade paperback was put together from 3 issues of "Legends of the DC Universe" and a 5-issue run of "Legends of the Dark Knight."

In the first storyline, test pilot Hal Jordan (Green Latern) and wealthy industrialist Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) investigate a rebellion in a fictitious far-eastern nation. It takes us back to the first meeting of these two heroes, early in their careers. They discover the ruler of the nation may be friends with the U.S., but has only his personal interest at heart. We get lots of Hal being heroic and stolid. Ollie moves from a go-for-the-gusto kind of adventurer to realizing there's more to the world than beating bad guys. The green heroes eventually side with the rebels and take down the dictator.

In the second and longer story, we finally get to Batman, though not till the end of Part I. Oliver Queen is completely disenchanted with the corruption he finds in his rounds as Green Arrow. He literally heads for the hills, dumping his multi-million dollar businesses. An attempted assasination draws him into a mystery and another first meeting -- with Bruce Wayne.

Green Arrow and Batman uncover a coup attempt in another fictional far-eastern nation. We get a brief return of the petty dictator from the first story (now as a flunky). Then we meet the three real villains, a Fu Manchu-like prime minister, intent on rule, the powerful leader of an assassins-for-hire cult, and a Joker-like parody of Green Arrow.

Batman investigates and Green Arrow loses his nerve. Finally, Batman faces down the ultimate assasin; Green Arrow gets back his bow-slinging chops, and justice is served.

The collection is not great, but does have a lot of strong points. Writer Dennis O'Neal focuses on character, with nice insights on the three leads and some very good secondary players. Artists Land, Cariello, Giordano and Ryan give us some great layouts, powerful poses and flashy explosions.

Though from the late-nineties, the sensibilites of these tales are neo-seventies. G.L. and G.A. begin the social consciousness trip that writer O'Neil first took them through in that era.

The best point of this book is the retro-history of the three heroes. Besides setting the stories early in their career, O'Neil gives a nice intro and afterword on the life and times of the Emerald Archer.

Overall, Batman fans will be disappointed by his limited role. This is really a book for Green Arrow followers and afficianados of the work of Dennis O'Neil.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Classic Neal Adams Art 29 April 2010
By Ara Z. Tazian - Published on
Format: Paperback
This black and white british trade paperback features Batman reprints from Detective Comics #395, 397 and 400 and 402. All with fantastic Neal Adams artwork. The tales are from the 1970s so are somewhat dated in terms of dialogue, but are entertaining. However, the artwork is not dated.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Misleading title, but an ok story. 2 Feb. 2008
By F. Chan - Published on
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As the previous user Chris Weber said, Green Arrow is the only character that appears throughout the story. I won't bother going into the details of the story because that has already been done. Green Lantern and Green Arrow appear in part one while Batman and Green Arrow appear in part two. I guess the misleading title was the major turnoff for most readers but give this book a chance anyway. I found it to be a good read. Cover price is $19.95 but you can get it for less even though it's out of print. It seems that Dennis O'Neil loves to write about ruthless foreign dictators(Nightwing: Ties that Bind) and I happen to like those kind of stories.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Crucial reading for fans of Green Lantern/Green Arrow series 21 April 2012
By Uncle Mickey - Published on
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[ASIN:1401201261 Batman: The Ring, the Arrow, and the Bat] Nicely done prequel to the classic Denny O'Neil-Neal Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow series. The high quality of this graphic novel makes the negative reactions of some of my fellow reviewers all the more perplexing. Reading this made me want to read the original series again. The added plus of the Batman story adds extra depth to the Green Arrow character and sets up their conflict in "World Without a Justice League." I was pleased to find it on Amazon and be able to judge this forgotten masterwork for myself.
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