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All Star Batman and Robin [Hardcover]

Frank Miller , Jim Lee
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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25 July 2008
Perhaps the two most critically successful and best-selling comics creators ever to tackle the Dark Knight - Frank Miller ("Batman: The Dark Knight Returns") and Jim Lee ("Batman: Hush") - join forces for the first time!These are the early days of Gotham's greatest hero as you've never seen them before! Relive the terrible tragedy that led to Bruce Wayne taking on the mantle of the Bat...the recruiting of Robin, the Boy Wonder...and much, much more!Frank Miller's uncompromising dialogue and hard-as-nails plotting, wedded to Jim Lee's sublimely explosive action scenes and masterly linework, make for a combination that no comics - or Batman - fan dare miss!It utilises the creators previous successes to leverage sales. It includes reviews in mainstream press, comic, sci-fi, fantasy, men's, music and games magazines, for example: "The Guardian", "Comics International", and, "Loaded".

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845762916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845762919
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Miller has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for his work, which include Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 300 and Ronin. His Sin City series was made into a highly successful movie in 2005. He is currently writing All-Star Batman and Robin and the forthcoming Batman: Holy Terror. Jim Lee co-founded Image Comics following his multi-million-selling X-Men work for Marvel. He has pencilled countless comics - all of them best-sellers.

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3.0 out of 5 stars To each their own 29 Jan 2009
I was mildly surprised by all the positive reviews when I happened to glance across this page. It actually gave me cause to go back for a second read and I did end up awarding an extra star.

I think my problem lay in approaching this book expecting it to fall into what one other reviewer has described as the 'DC cannon.'

The 'canon' Batman is a dark and brooding character whose intensity and genius are matched only by a strong sense of right and wrong. He is on a crusade, a tragic mission to try and ensure no-one else suffers the way he did as a child. This helps explain the compassion and manner in which he deals with Dick Grayson after the youth suffers a similar fate. He's even close friends with Superman because, despite both approaching their mission from completely different motivations, they share the same dream and goals.

These are the characters I admire and the reason I find myself returning to these books; a sort of reset button for the moral compass.

Frank Miller's batman is a different character entirely. Unhinged to the point where his own excitement and thrills seem more important than the crusade. I particularly found the whole batmobile sequence quite disturbing - for a man trying to clean up Gotham, this Bats seems quite happy to add to the mayhem and general carnage so long as it fits in with his own short-term goals (no lives hang in the balance here). The addition of details such as his disshevelled, unshaven appearance also show that this is a man who doesn't pay attention to the details and really doesn't fit the title 'worlds greatest detective' either, let alone a man with the focus to excel in all his pursuits.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised to find I quite enjoyed this. 1 Nov 2010
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I'd read poor critical reviews of this book, but decided to buy it out of curiousity and on the basis of some of the artwork I'd seen. The artwork is outstanding throughout and what pushes it up fom 3 to 4 stars for me. Jim Lee is a genius. The story is quite enjoyable when read as an elseworlds tale. Miller's Batman, the same as in The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again, is cruel to Robin, and to criminals. Unecessary force is employed against the criminals and police force of Gotham City without remorse. Robin is kidnapped and subjected to torture in an effort to give him a quick course in everything Bruce Wayne taught himself to become Batman. This Batman is somewhat an anti-hero. Batman's crusade is not noble, it is self-destroying, it is almost unrestrained revenge. It reminds me of the tv series Dexter, in which a serial killer wanting to do good decides to direct his need to kill towards those who deserve it. (Though Miller's Batman does not kill in this book, he and Robin both admit to enjoying the act of putting thugs in Hospital.) Some of the dialogue is rather awkward. The first time Batman refers to himself as "the goddamn Batman" it's quite amusing, but by the tenth time he is referred to in this way by a range of characters it seems very bizarre.

Overall it's quite an enjoyable story if you don't mind reading about a Batman who differs greatly from the popular hero, if you don't mind excessive violence in your comics,if you enjoyed The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and if you're a fan of Jim Lee and want to see some of the best artwork in comics today. I'm happy to say i did really enjoy this story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN UNAPPRECIATED BOOK 11 Aug 2009
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Whilst this graphic novel has been criticised greatly, i fail to understand why. Yes, it does reimagine the Dark Knight into a slightly psychotic, cruel sadist, but that is what makes this book a must read. Its definitely not only Batman who is portrayed in a darker light, All characters in the book are slightly more cynical and twisted than their offiial DC counterparts, and it gives the impression that Gotham city itself is a corrupting force, not just the criminals living there.
Batman himself is portrayed, in my opinion, perfectly. He is dark and slightly crazy, more willing to break bones and hurt criminals just for fun. This i think is a better portrayal of the Dark Knight, as for all his training, all his money, he is still really a little boy with a temper, and shows no problem with it.
The story itself features a grimmer retelling of Batman training Robin, and the other, more acceptable superheroes (Green lantern and superman), trying to stop him destroying the peoples opinions of superheroes. This Sub-plt in particular is really interesting, because it deals more with the differences between true superheroes with powers, and Batman, who while pysically inferior to the powers of Superman and Green lantern, believes himself superior, and much of the book focuses on his disdain and dislike for the heroes, who he labels 'Idiots' and 'Morons' repeatedly.
the other standout feature in the book is the amazing artwork by Jim Lee, who captures the characters and Gotham perfectly, the pullout 5-page Batcave spread in itself is outstanding.
Overall, if you prefer the Batman from the mainstream comics, then you may not like this book, but if you want a little more darkness and a thinner line between criminal and crime fighter, then buy this book now.
Definitely one of the best Batman novels of the last few years, and at a great price too!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure
So reading both sides of reviews, and debating whether to buy this, i finally decided to do so.
I didn't have high or low expectations, even having read a few good ones such... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Emma
2.0 out of 5 stars Robin's Origin-- It now lines the bottom of my bird cage!
This book has gotten a lot of good reviews on Amazon so all i can say is that everyone is entitled to their opinion. All i can say to anyone interested in buying it is Don't! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Agent_Meister
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sin City Story... Starring Batman...
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Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Dehumanizer
3.0 out of 5 stars Coulda Woulda Shoulda
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Published on 17 Jun 2011 by Chad Berserk
4.0 out of 5 stars I take it all bat...
I'll be honest. My first read through of this material was in single comic format, often spread several months apart, making the somewhat disjointed story seem utterly incoherent. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by Knight_77
3.0 out of 5 stars A word of warning
Love it, hate it, laugh at it, be mad at it, be elated. It's your choice. I personally found it a really fun series. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by Octo7
5.0 out of 5 stars All star batman all the way
The artwork is more than perfect (looks in constant motion if you know what i mean), the story is very strong,
the batman profile is awesome(similar to red son batman), and... Read more
Published on 19 May 2010 by N. Kanellopoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Batman fun
Hard-boiled in a joyously over-the-top and energetic way.
If you like the idea of an almost lunatic Batman punching
things very hard whilst shouting 'I'M THE GODDAMN... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2010 by BurntSilk
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, just horrible.
It's so disappointing that some critics even thought it was a joke.

No joke, this isn't so bad that's good.

It's just horrible.
Published on 10 Nov 2009 by Jegriva
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Reviews miss something....
This is based in Earth 31. All the 'All star' continuities were based in a different dimension. They were to showcase how the top Writers in the world thought the story line they... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by Mr. W. Martin
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