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Batman Private Casebook TP [Paperback]

Dustin Nguyen , Derek Fridolfs , Peter Milligan , Paul Dini
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11 Nov 2009 Batman
Written by Paul Dini and Peter Milligan Art by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs Cover by Dustin Nguyen Collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #840-845, plus a story from the DC INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, this hard-hitting BATMAN trade paperback pits The Dark Knight and guest star Zatanna against the new Ventriloquist and still-the-same Scarface, as well as Catwoman, the Riddler and more. Advance-solicited; on sale November 11 o 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (11 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401220150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401220150
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 16.8 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Dini is the award-winning writer of many scripts for Batman: The Animated Series and has also written for the Superman and Justice League animated series. Peter Milligan has written a dazzling variety of comics, including Shade, The Changing Man, Enigma, Human Target, Skreemer and X-Force. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Batman: Private Casebook 17 Aug 2009
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This compilation collects together stories from six issues of Detective Comics, plus a short from last year's Hallowe'en Special. They're mostly self-contained, but two of the tales (coincidently, the weakest in this collection) do tie into the previously published The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul (Batman (DC Comics Hardcover)). Luckily, most of the stories are written by veteran scribe Paul Dini, and more than make up for a couple of lacklustre chapters.

Batman's rogue's gallery is fully utilised here, with appearances from Catwoman, the Riddler, the Mad Hatter and the Ventriloquist. All foes that he has defeated before, but here Dini gives each a slight tweak of the new to differentiate them from older portrayals, making room for unexpected twists.

Those twists don't all involve punching, either. Batman remains the world's greatest detective, using his skills to their fullest in this book, thwarting robberies, kidnappings and even serial killings. The subject matter doesn't get too 'dark' however, and while much of the subject matter isn't suitable for very young children, this is hardly 'adults only' material.

Of course, what comicbook review would be complete without mentioning the art? Dustin Nguyen's style flows well, his figures full of expression and movement and the backgrounds around them well-defined. He uses shadows sparingly (for a Batman comic, anyway) and the flow of action and narrative is very easy to follow. His crowning achievement is the facial expressions he grafts onto the characters, who themselves are easily distinguishable from each other.
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By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
"So far, I've been propositioned by Zatanna, kidnapped by Scarface, and shot at by a dead friend's ex-fiancée. Hell of a night and I'm not even in uniform yet"

This volume collects issues #840-845 of Detective Comics, and a story from Infinite Halloween Special #1. It includes the Epilogue to the Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul and the end of the current Scarface's story which started in Batman: Death and the City (Batman).

The Contents are -
The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul - Epilogue: Ra's decides to set up home in Gotham
The Wonderful Gang - the Mad Hatter has a new gang, including Tweedledum and Tweedledee among others
The Suit of Sorrows - Talia sends Batman a present of a medieval suit of armour, which has a mysterious past
Opening Night - junior crime boss Johnny Sabatino is opening a nightclub to rival the Penguin's, and hires Zatanna as his opening act, but there are Hecklers (and Koches) in the audience...
Curtains - the secret of the new Ventriloquist is revealed
The Riddle Unanswered - the Riddler's past comes looking for him
Kcirt Ro Taert - a Zatanna story from Infinite Halloween Special #1

These are really entertaining stories, with excellent supporting artwork, and all of which have an intriguing twist to the plot. They are stand-alone stories, but with plenty of back-story to give them depth, even the Ra's al Ghul one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The case is made 24 Dec 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Few writers have moulded and shaped the image of Batman over the years into the version we all know and love than Paul Dini. From the "Batman Animated Series" to "The Brave and the Bold" to the Arkham Asylum games and numerous books, Dini has proved he is one of the most adept and versatile writers Batman has ever had, effortlessly capturing his voice and character and creating some of the best stories in the Batman canon.

There are many writers who could write a cool Batman story with Joker as the villain or one of the other biggies like Two Face, Riddler, Penguin, Ra's Al-Ghul; it's not many who can write an amazing Batman story with Scarface or Mad Hatter as the main villains. But Dini does just this.

The best story here plays off of the numerous "Alice in Wonderland"-themed villains in Gotham by having them gather as The Wonderland Gang and wreak havoc on the city. But is Mad Hatter, Jervis Tetch, in control as he thinks or is he being played by some characters nobody would suspect...except for Batman. Dini sends the Dark Knight across Gotham's magnificent scenery ending in Amusement Mile (a very underused location) and writing an excellent fight scene in the hall of mirrors that is both exciting, inventive and funny. The book's worth picking up for this one alone.

The other great story is a two-parter where the murderous ventriloquist gangster dummy Scarface makes a return with a new "handler", a beautiful but insane woman out for vengeance against a crime family that wronged her. Dini not only convinces you to take the dummy seriously but also makes you wonder whether the dummy is actually possessed or whether the ventriloquist is doing it all. That's good writing, that's really good writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Short Batman Story Collection Available 31 Mar 2010
By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE
This is a really solid collection of stories from the Batman universe, that follow on from Batman: Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul. It isn't absolutely necessary to read that book before reading this one, but it will make the story converning Ra's Al Ghul make a bit more sense!
In this book we are treated to some short stories that redefine some of Batman's enemies, and in some cases, give a bit of a twist on them. This book has Ra's Al Ghul, the Mad Hatter, Scarface and more. It has some nice cameos too - Zatanna from the Justice League makes an appearance, as does Catwoman.
The stories are all a good length - they leave you wanting more, but do enough to reach a satsifying conclusion. The Batman in these stories is in keeping with the Dark Knight Detective and Worlds Greatest Detective persona and i like this facet of his character much more than the violent one. It is nice to see stories where he has to use his intellect first, and then use his physical prowess to conclude the case.
The artwork throughout is pretty good, without being earth-shattering.
I would recommend this to most Batman fans, as it is an interesting look at some of his lesser known villains, and has some good solid story-telling in it. It isn't quite a five star book, and that isn't because it isn't great - it is! But it is up against some awesome titles like Batman: Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Killing Joke and The Joker, The: Devil's Advocate (Batman) and it doesn't quite reach those dizzying heights of those books.
This book is highly recommended though!
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