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Batman: Under the Hood [Paperback]

Judd Winick , Doug Mahnke
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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23 Jan 2006 Batman
Years ago, the Dark Knight suffered his greatest ever defeat...when the Joker killed Jason Todd, the second young man to adopt the identity of Robin. Now, a new player has entered Gotham's underworld: the 'Red Hood'. Fearless, expert in combat, armed with high-tech gadgets...he could almost be Batman himself, except for one crucial difference - the Red Hood is a killer. Blazing a trail through street dealers, superpowered heavies and crime lords alike, the Red Hood looks to be a major power in the making. Now, Batman must discover the identity of this mysterious newcomer, while continuing his own war on crime. But is the Dark Knight ready for the shocking truth?

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761998
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judd Winick is one of comics' rapidly-ascending stars, having written for such titles as Detective Comics, Exiles, Green Arrow and Outsiders. Doug Mahnke has pencilled Superman: Man of Steel and Allens: Stronghold. He is now the regular artist on JLA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier than the Joker and much more deadly 3 Aug 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
These stories from 2005, running through Batman issues #635-641 are collected as Batman: Under the Hood. The second half of the story, from Batman issues #645-650 are collected as Batman: Under the Hood v. 2. I picked this and the second volume up in my local library, not knowing anything about the character, who apparently has established a place for himself in the DC Universe since these volumes. For those like me who are not familiar with him, the Red Hood begins here as a `wannabe' crime lord who sets himself up as a rival to the Black Mask, crime boss Roman Sionis, who has ruthlessly seized control of Gotham's criminal gangs. They both have much witty dialogue and a casual disregard for the value of human life - criminal lives, anyway - which makes these stories a pleasure to read. You probably know who the Red Hood is by now, but here, he is an unknown figure, who is extremely well-trained in combat, makes witty comments while fighting, and uses a lot of the Batman's own technology, which gets Bats wondering just who he is fighting... Imagine Spider-Man crossed with the Punisher. Batman is aided by Nightwing for the first six episodes, and Dick does enough reminiscing about his days as Robin to hammer home the clues.

The main story is the escalating battle between the Red Hood and the Black Mask, with Batman and Nightwing caught in the middle, as the Black Mask slowly escalates the violence, even using Amazo and Mr Freeze to get rid of the Red Hood, only for him to manoeuvre Batman and Nightwing into the firing line. And just what does the Black Mask want with 100 pounds of Kryptonite?
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!! 28 Mar 2010
riteo peeps batman under the hood v.1 + v.2 should not be missed by any batman fan. it has a great storyline and is easily one of my favourite comics. dont let the cover fool you though! in no way does this have anything to do with the joker red hood! its a completely different person. the original red hood died in batmans early years and the joker was born, ( might wanna read the killing joke) also give death in the family a read if your new to the batman comics. but seriously this is a great comic for any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a new hood in Gotham 10 July 2008
The crime-lord Black Mask has controlled the Gotham underworld by coming out of the last gang war in the strongest position. Now the mysterious figure of the new Red Hood is muscling in on the action but his true motives remain uncertain. Batman must now deal with the Black Mask as well as this new threat that seems strangely familiar.

This story is looking very interesting with some good action and some great twists to the plot including a certain blast from the past. The art is very good throughout and the story does have some short cameos from various other heroes and villains that, although they are slightly frivolous, are a nice addition. The cliff-hanger at the end of this volume of the story is also a very good one, even if it was telegraphed slightly. Overall this is a very good Batman story and I am looking forward to reading the next volume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story 20 Jan 2009
Batman Under the Hood is a great story. The Red Hood, a new vigilante, who walks an even finer line than Bats has arrived in town and its up to the dark knight detective to uncover the truth about him. This story puts Batman into a new setting- someone actually doing his work but killing the bad guys instead of leaving them for the police. What will old Batty do? The story is excellent and the art was fantastic I really enjoyed this book and its subsequent volume. Its got a good balance of intrigue and action, politics and personalities. I would recommend this to all Batman fans and to the comic community in general. If I could give it an extra half star I would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's under the hood? 16 Mar 2008
By Sakina
There's a new villain in Gotham town, a young masked murderer who only kills criminals. Little does Batman know, the killer is only too familiar.
This is one of the first Batman graphic novels I have read, and I shall go and read some more! I highly recommend this, especially to those who have a brief understanding of old charectors.
This book has good graphics, interesting charectors and a thrilling story-line, it totally deserves a full five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Batman, Under the Hood 28 April 2011
Excellent value for money.
Decent storyline and the artistry is pretty good.
I'm waiting for the second part to arrive as I'm writing this.
Happy with item.
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