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Batman Hong Kong SC Paperback – 29 Sep 2004


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (29 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401201016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401201012
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.8 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,287,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Publisher's Weekly, August 25 2003: "...it resembles a Jet Li or Jackie Chan movie, with super-heroes who should appeal to a broad range of readers and interests." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Brittain on 7 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Just a quick review. This is well worth reading as seeing batman in hong kong and the manga sprinkled artwork is sweet. The only reason i gave this 4 and not 5 is the hacker bit at the beginning is a bit lame and without spoiling the otherwise twist ridden story the transition of a main character into the night dragon is done on one page and explains nothing more about why he chooses to become the night dragon. Other than my 2 minor gripes this is a worthy addition to any batman fans collection.
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By A. J. RYLAND on 19 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very poor book, well below the standard you'd expect from modern Batman titles.

There are many negatives: the plot is not only dull and badly paced, but has several huge holes and logic gaps in it; the dialogue is simply awful, bordering on a parody of cliched bad comic book writing; and worst of all, Batman is written very badly and out of character - he makes tactical mistakes in fights, is instantly trusting of his new ally, spends most of the book swinging around the city admitting that he is one-step behind everyone else, and is spotted in public by about 300 people over the course of the book. It's hardly the mysterious Dark Knight that we've come to know.

The only good thing I can say about this title is that the artwork, fusing manga and traditional art, is pretty good - but it's far from jaw-dropping, and isn't even close to making the book worth buying.
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By A. Palaha on 3 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
After reading Batman: child of dreams, I thought this would be a good book aswell because it was made by the same guy. But the storyline was dull, although slightly mysterious, characters were also dull and some of the normal artwork (not painted) was dull as well. But the painted or pastel artwork was beautiful. Well worth getting just for that alone.
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Format: Paperback
Batman is called to help when a computer hacker comes across a private broadcast of a snuff film of a man being murdered by snake bite and becomes the next vicitim himself. When a similar murder occurs in Hong Kong he crosses the Pacific to engage with a world of Triads, honour and police at war, and a new ally Night Dragon.
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Batman out of character in a weakly-written storyline... 7 Dec. 2008
By N. Beitler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Title: Batman: Hong Kong
Publisher: DC
Writer: Doug Moench
Artist: Tony Wong
Inker: Tony Wong
Collects: This book is an original graphic novel.
Price: $17.95

Well, I really wonder which came first on this book: the artist or the writer. I can see the novelty of having a manga artist on a book whose primary setting is Hong Kong. That makes sense, I guess. But was the story written first and then the artist selected, or was the artist selected and then a story written up for him? I don't know, but I'd like to. For me, it seems like something didn't quite work out right. The way the artwork leaps from purely pencils to all-out painted work was also a little jarring. Was this the plan from the get-go? Did the artist not have enough time to finish his work the way it was intended to be? Again, I don't know, but I'd like to.

In this story, Batman travels to the gateway of the orient in pursuit of a murderer who has left the scene of his Gotham crimes and headed back to where he came from. Batman certainly loses much of his home turf advantage in this new locale, and he ends up over his head without allies in the city. He gains an ally in the form of a young man who is also on the trail of the murderer. This man manages to secretly watch and track Batman's actions and then decides to model his own vigilante activities on Batman's. He dons a new costume (where did he get his from in a single afternoon?), grabs a bunch of martial arts weapons (where, again, did these come from?), and continues to follow Batman's trail (highly unlikely) to a point where he jumps in and saves Batman's life from a crowd of heavily armed thugs. Hmm... am I the only one who finds this hard to swallow?

Anyway, Batman readily teams up with this person whom he knows nothing about (totally out of character), endorses his actions (without any reservations - again, totally out of character), and the two set off to find the mastermind behind the murders. At the same time, the two heroes get mixed up in an internal war between Hong Kong Triad gangs and the Hong Kong police forces.

While the story may not be compelling to me, it wasn't entirely pathetic. It had some OK moments, but they were few and far between. This is probably the weakest story I have read from Doug Moench, and it's painful for me to say that. I have read some really good stuff from this guy, so this was pretty disappointing. It seemed either very amateurish or very rushed and didn't enthrall me at all.

The artwork was OK in places, but this "manga superstar" did little to win me over. I know I mentioned this several times before, but I'm going to say it again: I don't like Manga artwork. It lacks the realistic look you see in many western comics and makes all women look like doe-eyed little school girls with a sharp point for a nose. I read this book in spite of the manga artwork, not because of it. After reading the book, my overall opinion of manga work is unchanged. It's OK if it's in a story for kids, about kids, but, like sushi, I don't want it in my regular diet.

I pretty much found this book to be below average in most every respect. Right after reading it, I thought it was merely OK, but know that I sit down to write about it and think about it some more, I realize that I really didn't care for it, and would have been extremely disappointed had I spent the exorbitant cover price for the book. I really can't recommend this book to anyone who isn't a die-hard Batman or manga fan.

Writing: 4/10
Artwork: 5/10
Cool Factor: 6/10
Overall: 5/10
Simply boring 19 April 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When a hacker cracks a site showing a man being killed by a snake, he tells Commissioner Gordon. But, when the hacker is consequently killed, Gordon and Batman realize that there is something serious going on here. When a similar murder occurs in Hong Kong, Batman takes off for the East to find out just what is going on. His very presence encourages a young martial artist to create a new persona for himself, that of the Night Dragon. And now, Batman and Night Dragon must walk between the Triads and the police to get to the bottom of just what is going on.

Overall, I must say that this graphic novel was a disappointment. The action was OK, but the storyline seemed to never take on a real sense of urgency. Instead, you are left with Batman walking around, clueless as to what is really going on around him, unable even to speak the language. To make matters worse, the illustration work is a little off. Batman's cape moves around, looking like an octopus on his back that is continuously trying to grab the passing walls. Also, there are some silly errors, like the black limousine that is called a white limousine, and the TV executive that walks into the room and immediately announces, "Yes, I do speak English..." for no apparent reason. (The secretary had announced him in Chinese.)

But, when you come down to it, the biggest problem with this Batman story is that it is simply boring. The story has no real sense of suspense or drama, and the fight scenes are not enough to carry it along. I did not enjoy the time I spent reading this book, and I wish I had spent them on a better book.
MY GRADE: B. 1 July 2012
By MISTER SJEM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Batman goes to Hong Kong to follow up on a strange murder by video chain which leads to bigger things dealing with Hong Kong triads. The artwork is done by international manga artist, Tony Wong, and the tale is by Doug Moench. I liked how they elongated Batman and gave his cape a longer spider leg look to it. There were also some interesting panels in which multiple Batman action movements were displayed.

The story was somewhat good to good depending on how much of a Batman purist you are (see spoilers below). New superhero, Night Dragon, teams up with Batman and airs all his dirty family laundry along for the ride.

ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B plus to A minus; ACTION SCENES: B plus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B minus to B; STORY/PLOTTING: B minus to B; WHEN READ: end of June 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B (higher if you are not a Batman purist like myself).

SPOILERS: (1) Batman typically doesn't work with others he doesn't know so why did he choose to work with a kid superhero? Seems like they wanted to have an excuse to introduce Night Dragon and maybe do a spinoff series?; (2) Night Dragon easily followed Batman all over Hong Kong. The world's greatest detective as he is sometimes called never catches on to some inexperienced kid following him on a motorcycle?
Great artwork--beautiful coloring and fun Batman mystery set in HK 12 Sept. 2014
By R. Huynh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you like manga-styled artwork and a fun detective story in an unconventional setting, try this!

Highlights:
-awesome artwork that feels modern yet captures the manga feel (without seeming completely like the "typical" manga forms), and the coloring is magnificent. Half the fun in reading, for me, was admiring the colors and special adornments layered on top of the art.
-a Batman story where he ultimately finds an ally and through teamwork works out the mystery...some readers might find this a departure from a typical Batman-knows/figures-out-all portrayal; I liked it.

Would have been five stars but the story ends quickly, and I wanted to read more and see what happens afterwards beyond what is depicted!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but not quite as good as hoped... 10 Sept. 2003
By Alexander Keefe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw that Tony Wong was going to do a Batman comic, I just about flipped. I love his artwork, I love his storytelling abilities. He doesn't write this one but someone that's probably just as good does: Doug Moench. So then I read the book and I feel a bit let down. The artwork is of course gorgeous but, the storyline does feel thin. I realize that the point to this joint project was to bring a Hong Kong feel to Batman, to try something new. We'd already seen Kia Asamiya on Batman: Child of Dreams, already seen Katsuhiro Ohtomo on Batman: Black and White and of course already seen just about every other capable American artist on Batman...hell we'd seen Jim Lee do Batman so it was only natural that we'd get to see Tony Wong on a Batman comic. With the popularity of Hong Kong comics and films on the uprise, it was a definite step in the right direction. The storyline has been explained above so I won't go into it. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read but the dialogue feels like a bare bones translation of a Hong Kong comic and it's not even translated. The action flowed oh so well but, the dialogue was really stilted. The Editorial review by one of the staff members of this page said that it felt like a Jackie Chan or Jet Li flick and that's exactly right. Not too heavy on plot but good on the action. All in all, the artwork was great, the actual plot line was original but the dialogue was kinda corny in some parts and just ok in others. I expected better from Doug Moench but hey, everyone has their ups and downs.
-Alex Keefe
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