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Batman: Cataclysm [Paperback]

Chuck Dixon , etc.
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25 Jun 1999 Batman
The Batcave is destroyed, the city in ruins and the inmates of both the local jail and asylum are on the loose. The Quakemaster has succeded in bringing Gotham to its knees and Batman seems powerless to act.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840230959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840230956
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 17 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHUCK DIXON

Born in Philadelphia, Pa.



Chuck Dixon has more than twenty-five years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others featuring a range of characters from Batman to the Simpsons. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller currently writes G.I. Joe for IDW, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Stargate Universe for Dynamite, The Simpsons for Bongo Comics along with many creator-owned projects for various publishers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is set after the Contagion and Legacy comics, concerning the plague that has affected Gotham. As Gotham steps out of the shadows of this man-made plague, it falls victim to a natural disaster; a huge earthquake.Everyones life is affected. From Batman, Robin and Nightwing to commisioner Gordon, the police, the criminals and the very structure of Gotham itself.
This series sets itself up to change everything in the Batman universe, by ultimately destroying the whole of Gotham and it's inhabitants. It is setting the scene for a change in the Batman set up.
There are lots of goos sub plots in this novel. Robin is away when the earthquake hits and you get to see his story of trying to get back to Gotham. There is a similar story for Nightwing too. The Huntress gets a fair chunk of the story too.There is a big chunk on the Blackgate prison and the fate that befalls the prisoners and guards trapped there. Police headquarters are ruined too.... things aren't looking too good for Gotham. But worse to come is that Wayne Manor has collapsed into the Bat Cave, trapping Batman and Alfred with only one dangerous way out...
This isn't your typical Batman graphic novel. It is less action based and more intent on exploring characters and the situations they are put in, and on the whole it works very well. There is not much to find fault with in this collection; the artwork is good and solid, if not awe-inspiring. The story is very good and is the main reason that this gets four stars from me. The pacing is good too - and the storylines all get equal time in the book.
What flaws does it have then?
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This is the book that introduces the catastrophe that levels Gotham. What Bruce Wayne always feared has happened, a massive earthquake. This book shows the initial effects and the Dark Knight's response. It also gives an insight to how his companions help tackle the situation.
The art work in variable, from first class to adequate, (hence only 4 stars.) The story lines are believable. All in all an enjoyable book for anyone who likes Batman and certainly a must for any devote of No Man's Land.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top New Idea 8 Feb 2001
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Format:Paperback
Batman is forced to face off against an earthquake when Gotham City is annihalated by a 7.6 on the richter scale. This is mostly about the various Bat-related heroes helping out the injured and trapped victims. Until the Quakemaster appears, claiming responsibility for the destruction. Some of the stories seem out of order, as Robin finds his dad, only to claim he hasn't seen him yet a few pages later. However it's all good stuff. There is a great haunting story where someone is trapped far beneath some rubble, and no-one can hear him. Then a superhero up above says he hears someone and goes and rescues a young child, unknowingly leaving the trapped man to die. Top stuff!
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Like I said in the title of the review this book is quite a slow-starter as far as storytelling goes. You'll find yourself already through one third of the book (about 120 pages) with everything collapsing and causing trauma before the story actually starts to take shape and begins to develop. From there on it keeps getting better and better when it turns out the quake did not only wreck the city itself but hit Blackgate Prison as well (which holds some of Gothams most dangerous criminals), when the people of Gotham start having to decide to go live on instinct or to stick to their common sense, and when suddenly a mysterious figure who calls himself "Quake-master" claims to be responsible for the quake and starts making demands. It's also interesting to see how Batman reacts now that he has to 'fight' something that is more than just another villain but a big-scale disaster instead. Something that requires the man behind the mask to realize where his priorities lie, without turning it into another attempt to a 'dark & gritty' tale which already has been overdone by now. Another thing I definately want to mention is the excellent climaxing in this book. Where in most books you find out who or what is responsible for everything that is going on halfway through the book (if not earlier), and then spend 50 pages with the good guy chasing the bad guy into an obvious end, that's not the case here. It keeps you wondering what exactly is going on untill even the last 10 pages where everything finally falls into place (and where you finally find out who "The Quake-master" is. And it's not who you think it is either !). In the end I have two little points of criticism. One of them being the fact that there are so many different artists who worked on the story. Read more ›
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