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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (28 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401227244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401227241
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 0.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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'Classy art from Andy Kubert and a finale of rare emotional depth make this more than an exercise in fan-boy reference spotting' --- The Daily Telegraph

'This does have truly the most goose pimple-inducing ending and is a masterful tale from the great Gaiman. Incredible artwork too!' --- Flipside --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer alive and is the author of numerous bestselling books and graphic novels, winning countless awards. His best known work in comics is the epic Sandman series. Andy Kubert has long been one of comics' greatest talents, with work including both X-Men and Ultimate X-Men, Adam Strange, Captain America, 1602 and much more! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. v. Hoof on 15 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
'Batman - whatever happened to the caped crusader' is a complex, not linear, tale of Batman by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline) and beautifully drawn by Andy Kubert. This comic is a must have if you're a fan of the Batman series. If, however, you're a casual reader this work may be a bit confusing because quite a lot of Batman's adversaries, as well as regular Batman characters, appear without further introduction - and most even without dialogue or without being addressed. So it is helpful if you know a bit about the 'history' of Gotham and the characters, this will also make it easier to see how brilliantly Gaiman combines and expands the Batman myth.
The comic - graphic novel is an appropriate term as well - consists of the main tale, which I will come to in a second, and three additional tales: one very funny black and white tale where Batman and Joker are actually 'actors' who get paid to play their part in comic books. The Parvane story deals with Poison Ivy, and it does much credit to this character. The last one is a story about the Riddler, which could be read as a 'Riddler - the beginning' type of story...in Riddler style of course.

Spoiler alert, please do not read onward if you truly want to be surprised.

The main story concerns itself with Batman's possible demise: since he is mortal, he will one day inevitably die...how would that come to pass? Who would come to his funeral? From that moment onward nothing is as it seems to be. Several characters (adversaries) claim having killed him, or know how he was killed, but each story contradicts the tale of some other character, so there is no certainty. The combination of various plotlines, such as the Joker and Alfred are just truely brilliant twists on the original Batman concept.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great Batman graphic novel in my opinion, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. There are five stories in here, all covering very different ideas, and all have very definite styles of artwork too,which may not be to everyone's liking, but the stories are all strong enough to deliver a great Batman experience to the reader.
The main story deals with the death of Batman, at some point in the future. Batman is lying in state in his coffin in Crime Alley - which is essentially where 'Batman' was born ; the place where his parents murdered. All of his friends and allies have turned up to pay their respects and tell their version of how he died. Cue a who's who of the Batman universe : Catwoman, Joker, Penguin, Alfred, Two-Face, the Riddler, Superman and others. What is very impressive is the love and attention to detail Neil Gaiman has put into this. One page in particular sums it up perfectly. Batman is in his coffin in almost three identical frames, but in each he is in a different style of his outfit from the original costume, through the long-eared phase, and into the current costume. Hidden in the crowd is a cavalcade of people involved in the Batman legend - Mr Freeze, Poison Ivy, Commissioner Gordon, Barbara Gordon (Oracle), Ra's al Ghul, Azrael and more that you will enjoy finding. And this is just so nice to see in a graphic novel. It actually rewards the dedicated fan, as well as the casual reader. The fact that Joe Chill is the barman at this event won't be lost on the real fans - he is the man who killed Bruce Wayne's parents.There are some classic lines in here too - the highlight being the Joker asking someone to keep an eye on his car while he is inside. Had there just been this story i would have been very happy, but there are four others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bigdunc on 24 May 2012
Format: Paperback
In 2008 DC Comics decided to kill off Bruce Wayne in the Batman R.I.P./Final Crisis story and to make it official they invited Neil Gaiman to write a climax to a character with 70 years of history to pay tribute to, much like Alan Moore did to Superman in the 80s with Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. Gaiman really went for it with this story stuffing in as much as he could, with all the many different versions of characters popping up you get to see the animated series joker, the classic catwoman, Joe Chill, Azrael, the Killing Joke version of Joker, the Dark Knight Returns Batman amongst many others.
A lot of credit has to go to Andy Kubert who manages to capture all the many different artistic takes on characters without missing out on the emotional pull of the story, once you realise this isnt just a funeral for the Batman who died in Final Crisis (in fact it isnt just a funeral for 1 Batman) you can really enjoy the tale.
There are a lot of emotional beats the tribute from Clayface hit me as really quite moving and I cant work out if its the art or the writing both are quite brilliant, the climax of the tale is also very touching borrowing from Margaret Wise Browns Goodnight Moon story as Batman says farewell to his friends and enemies.
There are some back up stories all Batman tales written by Gaiman in the past, theyre a nice addition but for me the main story overshadows them its such a strong love letter to the history of the character and perfectly judged much like Gaimans 2011 episode of Dr Who managed to pay tribute to the long history of that character this is a great send off to an icon and will surely stand the test of time.
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