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Batman by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones Volume 1 HC Hardcover – 3 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401247644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401247645
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.4 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Doug Moench has written novels, short stories, newspaper feature articles, weekly newspaper comic strips, film screenplays and teleplays. His first published work was My Dog Sandy, a comic strip printed in his elementary school newspaper. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight.

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You've heard people say never to judge a book by its cover, right?

Belay that. Here, if ever there was one, is a book that ought to be judged by its cover. Everything that the dynamite combo of writer Doug Moench and artist Kelley Jones represent as a creative team is encapsulated by this single image. Within this collection, Batman is a force for Gothic justice, the purest embodiment of the supernatural as a means of dealing with superstitious criminals since Bill Finger decided why a rich guy would dress up like that in the first place way, way back when. Crouched, subhuman, and atop a mound of skulls, a lone candle flickering in the darkness only just illuminates that other key element in character definition in the Dark Knight Detective's left hand - the magnifying glass.

And that's just the cover, man. Like I say, here's a book whose jacket is wholly indicative of its content, but even on a much larger scale is singularly successful in capturing and presenting a character succinctly and essentially.

This run of comics from 1995 through 1996 veers a little close to alt-universe at times, and definitely moreso perhaps than any other duo ever dared to with Batman. Even Jones' Gotham is an architectural wonder in gnarled wood, towering stone and rusted metal, and his Batman an instrument of fear incarnate, more often a mere shape, a shade even, than a man in a costume. Think Nosferatu, and those pointed fingers of his, and you've got an idea. Tiny eyes glare from a shroud of darkness. Jones' Batman is SCARY, and so he should be. Criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot, after all!

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One of the best artist of Batman! The art of Kelly Jones and the storys of Doug Moench are exceptional/superb! Its a indespensable graphic novel To have in our own library! Fabulous!
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HASH(0x963e14f8) out of 5 stars Great material with some collection woes 26 Mar. 2014
By Andrew S. Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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The Moench/Jones run of Batman is my absolute favorite run of the character because it was the first to make me understand why Batman struck fear into the hearts of criminals. This is a chilling, macabre, creepy, and unusual Batman. Many of these stories serve as great introductions to the supernatural side of DC. Readers are given interesting looks at how Batman interacts with the haunted and unknown. This volume features stand-out stories of the Swamp Thing and Deadman. Vesper Fairchild is also a great supporting character and provides a great tone to several issues.

The negatives:

This must have been a challenging run for DC to collect as many of Jones's issues are chapters of larger crossovers, that are NOT included in this collection. The books starts with part 1 of the "Troika" cross over that briefly ran through the Bat-Books, but the reader is left without any resolution. Similarly, issue 520 (NOT drawn by Jones) is omitted, even though it is part 3 of a story where Jones drew the first 2 parts. Also missing are the covers that Jones did before in in between the issues collected here. I understand why issues like 520 are omitted, but why not include the Jones cover to 520?

That said, the Moench/Jones chapters are great reads. The Poison Ivy chapter of Contagion that they did was the high-point of that crossover in my opinion.

I really hope there is a volume 2 and beyond. Volume 2 would certainly have to include the fantastic Joker/Etrigan romp as well as the best vision of Ragman that DC has ever put out. Beyond that there are numerous Jones Batman miniseries, covers, and more that could be collected (the bizarre Batman: Dark Joker the Wild deserves a fresh look.)
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HASH(0x96b39f54) out of 5 stars Things come to those who wait!! 25 Mar. 2014
By A. Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Finally, after all this time, DC has decided to collect one of the most seminal runs ever, Batman by da Boyz, Doug Moench, Kelley Jones, and John Beatty, and fans could not be more delighted. Many folks only know Jones' artwork from the Batman Vampire Trilogy, Batman Unseen and Batman Gotham After Midnight, and while those are all INSANELY good books, this is where Kelley really shined best on the month to month short Batman tales. These are the more intimate stories that Jones and Moench weaved month after month after glorious month. These are the Bat stories that were not part of DC's overall picture, that were NOT part of DCs big event stories. These were straight up Batman stories. And they hold up brilliantly. There is a cohesiveness to the storytellingt, a master plan, and of course the art...well the art is magical. Moody, dark, atmospheric...Kelley brings all the best of Wrightson and Rogers to bear, and the pages sing. So many things to see...always look into the smoke...always look closely at the capes, the costymes, the sky----something or someone is always lurking. This is how Batman should be done. This is the Dark Knight. Can't finsih up a review of this book without mentioning the genius of Mr. Beatty. he is a storyteller in his own right and brought so much more to the table on this book than inks. This book is the sum of all of its parts, and is the clearest demonstration of what three creators at the top of their game can create when left to their own devices. This ladies and gentlemen is Batman done right. Highest possible recommendation.
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HASH(0x9e3943a4) out of 5 stars Give me volume 2 please! 18 Feb. 2016
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this dark, weird, & macabre take on batman! This is the first batman run I read as a kid, and it basically started me on the path of collecting comics. this is my favorite take on the Batman characters, still, to this day. Hopefully they release volume 2 in the near future.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x968ffee8) out of 5 stars My favorite of "Batman", ever 5 May 2014
By Clay Mckinney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved these when they came out. I got on board a little late and spent a lot of energy tracking down the back issues back in the day. I am re-reading them now and I'm having a blast. They hold up. This was immediately after Batman came back after Knightfall, so it feels like a mini-reboot. There are a lot of one-shot stories with iconic villains like Scarecrow and Mr. Freeze. Kelley Jones's art, which we were all familiar with from Sandman, is perfect for Batman. So creepy and weird. Doug Moench wrote Batman for decades, but this is a very specific side of his writing that isn't obvious in his other work. There are tons of conspiracies and supernatural events - very X-Files ish. Doug is also the author of "The Big Book of the Unexplained" and that shows here. This is great stuff. It should have been collected long ago, and it deserves your support.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x963e1ad4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Feb. 2016
By James Kent - Published on Amazon.com
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great addition to my collection
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