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All Star Batman and Robin Hardcover – 25 Jul 2008

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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: 17.8 x 26.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,714 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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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In my years of reading comic books, I've never seen a comic create such a divide amongst fans. It comes as no real surprise that the subject is Batman and again, it's no real surprise that Frank Miller is at the centre of the furore.

DC's All Star Batman & Robin is the meeting of comic greats Frank Miller and Jim Lee. When it was first announced, the expectation was exceedingly high. No-one can say that in the realms of comics/graphic novels, these guys aren't legends. So there's no way that with these two guys at the helm, this project can fail.

But did it? Well if you judge it on the terms of the backlash against this book, you would think it was one of the greatest failures in comic book history. As well as most disappointing. How can a book that promised so much fail so miserably?

When I first purchased the book, I had heard and seen many a bad review. But if anything, that made me more determined to see it. Was it morbid curiosity or as the editor's notes pleaded was it my faith (due to Miller's previous body of work)that the end would justify the means? Somehow they would pull it out of the bag?

I have read through this book several times. And my opinion changes everytime I read it. Sometimes, I can't help but shake my head and laugh. Othertimes, I find myself enjoying it and slowly the pieces fall into place.

There's so many things on the button with this book. But at the same time, there's plenty of things wrong. And sometimes, they're both the same thing.

Story - This has been called in some quarters as Miller's sequel to "Batman: Year One" Telling the story of Batman's "Year Two" and introducing Dick Grayson/Robin into Miller's take of the life of the Dark Knight.
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