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on 26 February 2014
Although titled as a Batman book, this volume collects mulitple stories with featuring Deadman, Dick Grayson, Deathstroke and of course 'Batman'.

The concept of the flashpoint books is one of what if something changed in the past and everything is now different in the 'present'. The Flash-centric flashpoint volume covers the central story while the 'world of flashpoint' books such as this one serve as companion anthologies.

In the main Batman story here, in this alterntive time, Bruce Wayne was the one killed in the alley. His father has become the much more vengefull violent batman of this world and his mother has become.... read to find out it's a great twist.

While part of the larger flashpoint collection each of these volumes can stand alone as a interesting character exploration. The stories are generally well written and the artwork is excellent throughout.

Given this is all an alternate timeline, there's no real connection to the current ongoing series so the the flashpoint world stands on it's own between the old continuity and the New 52 DC comics collections as the event that changed everything.

Would recommend to any DC fans out there, just don't expect a pure Batman book.
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What if Joe Chill had killed Bruce Wayne and spared his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne? Would there still be a Batman of Gotham? And what might that look like?

This is the premise that the 100 Bullets team Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso take and run with for a much too short three issue run in this Flashpoint series. Flashpoint is a series where Barry Allen, the Flash, has travelled into a parallel dimension where the world he knows is slightly askew here. Here, Thomas Wayne is the Batman, and all of the familiar characters in the Batman world are completely changed. I won't spoil it for you because this is a genius storyline and the reveal of who the Joker is, is so mind-bendingly cool and brilliant that you should discover it yourself. Suffice it to say, if the entire book had been like this it would be undoubtedly a five star must read. Unfortunately Azzarello and Risso's Batman run is ends and what follows are three fair to poor stories, two of which have nothing to do with Batman whatsoever.

With no Bruce Wayne Batman and a different Joker, Dick Grayson grows up in the circus with this parents. But in this Flashpoint universe Wonder Woman and the Amazonians are at war with Aquaman and the Atlanteans who have flooded most of Europe while the Amazonians terrorise the rest of the continent. Grayson and his circus get caught up and their fellow acrobat, Dead Man, fight for survival in this desperate new world.

The third story is about somebody called Deathstroke who I've never heard of nor know anything about. He's some kind of Pirate captain looking for his kidnapped daughter. Aquaman makes an appearance but generally this entire story is a total snoozefest for me. Didn't know what was going on, didn't care.

Same could be said for the fourth and final story which is about the Secret Seven. Besides Zatanna (who looks even more like a prostitute than normal in this bizarrely realised new costume) I didn't know who anyone was so it was hard to follow along. Lots of Grant Morrison-esque weirdness though if you like that, though Peter Milligan scripted it.

Aside from the second story where Dick Grayson is one of the main characters, only half of this book has anything to do with Batman and Batman is only in the first story, so it's kind of a con to call this a Batman book. If you like Deathstroke and Secret Seven maybe you'll get more out of this but for me the book was all about the first, superb story, and then fell off completely after that.
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on 14 July 2015
I ignorantly saw the Batman title and thought this was just a big collection of Batman stories within the Flashpoint universe. I was of course wrong and it is a collection that features Batman, Nightwing and Deadman, Deathstroke and the Secret Seven. It is a bit of a mixed bag.

The Batman story is great. As with all the best Batman stories it is dark and takes a good look at the psychological state of the characters. There are some very obvious influences from the Dark Knight in there with the design of the Joker and it does a great job of providing a very vivid snapshot of the world of Flashpoint.

The Nightwing and Deadman story also does a great job of showing how well thought out and deep the world of Flashpoint is. Deathstroke starts off slow but picks up steam by the end and was a pretty rewarding story.

The Secret Seven was really the only low point of the book but what a low point. It was a real struggle to get through it and I reckon when they were putting these collections together they pulled straws to see which got stuck with this stinker. Maybe it isn't helped by how incredibly dislikeable I find most of the Secret Seven and Rac Shade especially. Even then, the story was just a bit of a mess and I had very little idea what was going on there.

The other three stories make this a great read if you are wanting a bigger look at Flashpoint but even if you are only really buying this for the Batman story, you probably won't be left disappointed.
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on 19 July 2013
The other reviews tend to be focusing on the fact that there is only one, maybe two Bat related stories here, but that will tell you next to nothing about the quality of the actual book!
On the topic of Batman, Knight of Vengeance is a superb 3 issue story that starts off weak, but has a truly beautiful climax that ties in well with the main Flashpoint storyline.
The other stories in this collection are also good, with Deathstroke also tying in nicely with the main plotline it's an overall great paperback :D
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on 8 June 2014
Flashpoint: Batman is a great comic that takes a different approach to the comic book story of Batman. The story revolves around the Joker who has kidnaped the children of the city's District Attorney and this in turn forces Batman to take the case. But that's where the story changes, the man under the mask may not be the Dark Knight we know. This comic is well laid out and the artwork is masterful. I am glad I purchased this comic preview and would definitely recommend it to others.

Thank you for reading my review.
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on 20 May 2013
Arrived late, but that's ok, the story is a great one, I love the whole what if situation, and it really mae the most of it, and definitely was interesting to see what Thomas Wayne's suit would be like.
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on 19 April 2014
This new idea adds a new twist to the original batman stories. excellent. Liked all the stories inside. Rather dark but most batman stories are.
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on 16 December 2014
as somebody late to the flashpoint arc i bought this after watching the film to fill in a few more blanks
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on 2 September 2015
Not read much batman but this is the darkest one I've seen
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on 28 October 2013
I read the negative reviewers and I was not expecting much from this graphic novel. I can understand where the other are coming from somewhat. From the cover you would assume that this is a Batman graphic novel, it is not; there are 4 different stories set in the world of Flashpoint. Staring different characters of the DCU.

1. Batman
2. Nightwing & Deadman
3. Deathstroke
4. The last one I actually have no idea

Batman Knight of Vengeance is brilliant. It is only 2 issues long. The art work is in keeping with the dark and angry place that is Batman's mind. If you read Flashpoint you will know that this is not the Batman we all know. He has a more Punisher style of dealing with criminals. The Joker is every bit as evil even though it is not our Joker. This Joker specialises in killing children. See the great Dcu: Justice League - The Flashpoint Paradox [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], for a huge clue who this Joker is. The story is the mayors children have been kidnapped by the Joker. The Gotham police department has been privatised by Whane Casinos. The Mayor tells them to get his kids back or else they are done. The timing of the story is after Barry Allen meets Batman. Through this current case Batman is contemplating whether to take Barry up on his offer on changing the world.

Nightwing and Deadman. This is a 3 issue miniseries. The circus is trapped in Europe. Since the Amazons took over, and the Atlantiens sunk Paris, they are trying to make their way back to the US. To make a living they put on performances for funds and food. This is greatly appreciated by the locals who have already lost too much. The trouble is they appeared on the Amazons radar, because one other side show characters has found the Helmet of Fate and the Amazons want it, and they are prepared to kill everyone to get it. Now the circus performers choose to make a last stand of defiance against the Amazons who have already murdered much of their family. A good story in keeping with the Flashpoint story

Deathstroke the pirate 3 issues. On the surface Deathstroke is in a very profitable venture. He steals what people are transporting or ensures it's delivery. Really he is looking for his kidnapped daughter as well. Stealing from his biggest competitor he finds a clue to her where about and beware anyone who gets in his way; but there is always a bigger fish. To get to his daughter he must cross Atlantes waters, then (if he and his crew) survives deal with her kidnappers. An ok story with plenty of action to keep me interested.

The last story is 3 issues, but I did not recognise any of the characters in to, and did not understand the plot behind to be honest I was so bored and lost I gave up reading it after a little way into the second issue. So all I can say I did not like it.

All in all 3 Great to good stories, about 7 issues, so not a bad deal. Had to take a star off because of the last story ark, call it personal preference but I did not like it. I would have taken 1 and a half stars but I rounded up simply on the strength of the first story.
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