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Batman: Gothic (New Edition) (Batman) [Paperback]

Grant Morrison , Klaus Janson
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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26 Oct 2007 Batman
Gotham City is plagued with crime and corruption in places high and low, but one man has taken a stand against evil of all forms: the dark avenger known as Batman. The Dark Knight, plagued by nightmares, investigates the murders of the major crime bosses in Gotham. Discovering the culprit is a serial child killer drowned years ago by the mafia, Batman goes after the mysterious Mr. Whisper...but the killer has a horrifying secret, and a terrible connection with Bruce Wayne. Can Batman stop an immortal murderer from slaughtering everyone in Gotham? The chilling classic by award-winning creators Grant Morrison ("All-Star Superman") and Klaus Janson ("Batman: The Dark Knight Returns") returns in a new edition!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845766717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845766719
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes 'Batman:Arkham Asylum', 'JLA', 'Seven Soldiers', 'Animal Man', 'Doom Patrol', 'The Invisibles' and 'The Filth'. He is currently writing 'Batman' and 'All-Star Superman'.

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and All-Star Superman. Klaus Janson achieved wide recognition for his artwork on the legendary Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. His other credits include The Avengers, Daredevil and X-Men.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lighter side of Morisson 1 July 2001
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I personally consider the earlier stories in the "Legends of the Dark Knight" ongoing series the better ones, and this one (which collects #6-10) is no exception. Bruce Wayne is being plagued by a lot of nightmares about when he was a young boy lately. Each night he wakes up from a nightmare about his father to which he can relate no meaning. Meanwhile a man who calls himself 'Mr.Whisper', a man with no shadow, is rapidly killing off underworld members in brutal ways. The crime-leaders are heavily frightened and ask Batman for help, trying to make a deal. Batman refuses and tells them they're getting what they deserve. Back home he puts some things together for himself and realizes there may be a connection between Mr.Whisper and his nightmares. Because of that he decides to do some detective work after all to find out who this Mr.Whisper is. From there on a highly paranormal (which is quite extraordinary for a Batman book, but quite a trademark of Grant Morisson) story unfolds which leads Batman through memories of his days in private school and even to an eerie Austrian monastry, which he learns is the subject of an occult Austrian legend. People who are into listening to scary 'true' stories by the campfire will probably like this a lot. It's like one of those stories you heard of which you just KNEW they weren't real, but gave you the chills anyway. That's also the case here. You go through the story asking yourself if what's going on is the legend being forfilled or if there's a more down-to-earth thing going on. Grant Morisson does what he does best, he's giving clues without giving it away, keeping the reader on his toes. Klaus Jansons art is suitable for the story and especially the way he draws the architectural backgrounds deserve some credit. I don't think many people who are into Batman comics will feel disappointed after reading this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gothic tale 23 Oct 2010
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I intially started reading this as a Batman book. I soon realised my mistake. This comic is much better read as a gothic novel. When the mystical elements are introduced it falls outside Batman's usual scope, but right into the scope of Gothic Horror. This is a nice dark tale, well written and well illustrated that is distinctive in its style. A good read and something I would recommend certainly to fans of comic books and Gothic Horror, and to fansof Morrison. This is different from his normal run on Batman, but something quite special. I often love interpretations that give a little twist to the characters we know and love. This story is different and benefits from setting itself apart. A good modern Gothic Horror tale.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scarily crap 23 Dec 2012
This is one of the most ridonkulous Batman stories I've ever read. A mad monk from the 17th century sells his soul to Satan in exchange for 300 hundred years of life (why just 300?) without fear of injury or death. Later he makes plans for a cathedral that will capture the souls of the recently deceased who will be infected by the bodies of the already deceased plague victims he's been carting about everywhere with him. And then, yes there's more to this convoluted plan, he thinks these souls will be accepted by the Devil as substitute for his own and he'll live on forever. So what name do you give yourself if you can live forever? Mr Whisper. Stupid, on all counts.

A few things, besides the dumb plot, really bothered me. The Devil granted him 300 years of life - not any other powers - so Whisper beating Batman in hand to hand combat is a bit hard to swallow. Also how about the opportunity Whisper has to kill Batman? If I had to kill Batman and I had him tied to a table, I'd get a gun and shoot him in the head. Not Whisper though! Have you ever played "Mouse Trap"? It's a board game with all kinds of fun and elaborate constructs. It must be Whisper's favourite toy because he builds one of these devices in which to kill Batman - and fails. What an idiot! Then he stands around telling Batman his life story which reveals, yes!, even a 300 year old monk from Europe has ties to Bruce Wayne's life!

The gothic romance sub-genre that blossomed in late 18th century literature featured mad monks, moonlit monasteries, ghosts, abundant death and the Devil, and they're all present in this book too, so I suppose that's why this book is called "Gothic". That and the cathedral Whisper builds in the heart of Gotham, is built in the gothic style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Morrison 29 Nov 2013
By Katy
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This was by far and away the best Grant Morrison comic I have read - its unlike a lot of his other work and is rather simple and basic, and not so physiological. I would recommend as a first step in getting into Grant Morrison stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 25 July 2013
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This is a pretty run of mill supernatural Batman story. Some interesting aspects (Bruce's school days, for example) but if you prefer your Batman stories to be a little more 'realistic', I'd steer clear. If you're up for a good old fasioned paranormal detective story, don't hesitate in picking this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story and the Art Work Is Awesome... 1 Oct 2012
By Skivi
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This graphic novel is not what I expected at all. It's better. The story is extremely gritty but still manages to retain the old art work with a really amazing story. I was rather skeptical buying this graphic novel because of the hype of the others. But not only did this graphic novel impress me. It blew the others out of the water. This story also gives you a better insight to Bruce Wayne's childhood. Setting the tone for unhappy things to come when his parents were alive. For the price of this novel, it's a steal. You won't be disappointed.
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