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Batman and the Mad Monk [Library Binding]

Matt Wagner
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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15 May 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. In the early days of his crimefighting career, the Dark Knight is making his presence felt in Gotham, slowly gaining the trust of police officer Jim Gordon. But having stopped the menace of Hugo Strange, a new threat is rising in the city - a dangerous cult which is killing young women, and may be led by...a vampire? Critically acclaimed, fan-favourite comics writer and artist Matt Wagner (Mage, Grendel), follows the hugely successful Batman and the Monster Men with another gripping tale of the Dark Knight's first foes!
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Library Binding
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435200888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435200883
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,388,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt Wagner is one of the most highly regarded creators in the comics business. He is perhaps best known for creating the legendary Grendel titles, many of which he wrote and/or drew. He also provided words and pictures for Batman/Grendel, Mage and Sandman Mystery Theatre. His most recent work is Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "The war grows ever more bizarre" 4 Jan 2012
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This book forms a the second half of a two-parter with Batman and the Monster Men. This book continues directly on from events in Monster Men, it starts with Bruce Wayne reflecting on Cat Woman and wondering if he is the inspiration behind her appearance. Realising that she is a thief, he worries that his own costumed antics have "inadvertently given license to every crook with a flair for the dramatic" to assume aliases and don costumes, a most unwelcome side-effect of his Batman. The feisty feline only features during what would have been the first edition of 'Mad Monk' (which consisted of 6 individual comics) but she is everything that she ought to be; sexy, sleek, sassy and dangerous.

As this is still covering the early days of Batman we get interesting insights of Bruce Wayne's mental notes to improve his performance - within the first few pages he is suffering the effects of a battle with Catwoman and realises that his costume provides very little protection against poisoned cat scratches - let alone a bullet. Although his relationship with Alfred is solid, he is still developing his mutual friendship with James Gordon, and his nocturnal affairs are impacting on his personal life. We get to see the practicalities of living as a masked hero, having to sleep during the daytime and then pretend to sleep during meetings in order to maintain his carefree image. Having a girlfriend complicates things somewhat and Julie Madison plays a key role in this story. The duality of his life means that his relationship with Miss. Madison is suffering. She's falling for him but is constantly let down by his need to be somewhere else, though even her strong headed attitude melts when she thinks of Gotham's most eligible male.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bat-Man Year Two 8 Feb 2014
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This story – Batman and the Mad Monk – was first published as a six-part mini-series in 2006, as part of a ‘Bat-Man Year Two’ series that retells some original stories from the first year of Batman’s adventures in Detective Comics, while continuing the continuity from Batman The Long Halloween TP ‘Year One’ series. The opening episode is collected as Batman And The Monster Men TP, by the same writer/artist – Matt Wagner, and appears to continue, from the hook at the end of the story, in Ed Brubaker’s Batman The Man Who Laughs TP (Joker).

In the previous volume, Batman has ‘rescued’ Norman Madison, the father of Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend Julie Madison, from the clutches of gangster Sal Maroni, one of Carmine Falcone’s underlings, who has been lending him money. That story ended with, amongst other things, a showdown with Professor Hugo Strange’s monster men, Batman forcing Maroni to cancel Madison’s debt, and Madison himself, suffering from shock at the sight of the battle, and of the Batman addressing him by name, start to slide into a breakdown.

This story begins with the discovery of dead bodies, with their throats bitten open and drained of blood, an introduction to a rather gothically-dressed young lady who picks up unattached young people and takes them home to her cult’s leader – dressed in red robes – who ceremonially murders them, promising his followers immortality. Julie Madison, worried about her father’s health, is picked up on the pretext that the ‘monk’ is a high-class therapist, and falls into his power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bat-Man Year Two 26 Jun 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This story, first published as a six-part mini-series in 2006, is part of a `Bat-Man Year Two' series that retells some original stories from the first year of Batman's adventures in Detective Comics, while continuing the continuity from Batman The Long Halloween TP `Year One' series. The opening episode is collected as Batman And The Monster Men TP, by the same writer/artist - Matt Wagner, and appears to continue, from the hook at the end of the story, in Ed Brubaker's Batman The Man Who Laughs TP (Joker).

In the previous volume, Batman has `rescued' Norman Madison, the father of Bruce Wayne's girlfriend Julie Madison, from the clutches of gangster Sal Maroni, one of Carmine Falcone's underlings, who has been lending him money. That story ended with, amongst other things, a showdown with Professor Hugo Strange's monster men, Batman forcing Maroni to cancel Madison's debt, and Madison himself, suffering from shock at the sight of the battle, and of the Batman addressing him by name, start to slide into a breakdown.

This story begins with the discovery of dead bodies, with their throats bitten open and drained of blood, an introduction to a rather gothically-dressed young lady who picks up unattached young people and takes them home to her cult's leader - dressed in red robes - who ceremonially murders them, promising his followers immortality. Julie Madison, worried about her father's health, is picked up on the pretext that the `monk' is a high-class therapist, and falls into his power.
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