on 26 March 2015
I read a library copy of the paperback and I actually own the original 1984 Batman Special #1 this reprints and expands on.
The conceit of that opening story is that there was another masked man created the night of Bruce Wayne’s parent’s murder – the Wrath.
He was a more violent evil cop killer type though, obsessed with killing the Police man who had killed his parents – Jim Gordon, naturally.
By the end of the Special, Gordon was alive, the Wrath was dead and Alfred was in hospital having been beaten up along the way.
It’s a good enough, done in one, skewed look at what batman could have been tale with fairly good artwork by Michael Golden. Golden gets ‘legendary’ billing but I’ve never appreciated his work as much as many others apparently have.
The rest of the trade is a follow up from 2008 covering four issues of Batman Confidential.
This time the art is by rags Morales who I do appreciate and find very suited to this kind of action, although his disco-Nightwing seems strangely skinny sometimes.
The Wrath of the later story is more blue-purple than pink-red and is a kind-of son of the original – not much of a spoiler honest.
This is a nice collection, a legacy storyline with it’s original story collected and good characterisation throughout. The tension between batman and Nightwing seems a little forced but then it always did.
There’s not much to not like here
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2011
I bought this one because it had one of my favourites stories of Batman. It has a new computer color that i have to say good (i prefer the original one, but it's a good work in this compilation) And the secuel of "the enemy of the other side", which is not as good as the 80's one but a simple story that continues the plot. As a resume, it's a good comic to read, with good artwork, not only the michael golden magnificent draws, a good plot, and a good price.