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Batman: Under the Hood Paperback – 23 Jan 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761998
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.8 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judd Winick is one of comics' rapidly-ascending stars, having written for such titles as Detective Comics, Exiles, Green Arrow and Outsiders. Doug Mahnke has pencilled Superman: Man of Steel and Allens: Stronghold. He is now the regular artist on JLA.


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A very strong start to the Under the Hood storyline. This graphic novel will keep you interested all the way through. Putting new interest into both new and old characters. If you don't already know the story, then this will be an even better read! Well written, mostly good art. Though not all of the artists can quite draw The Hood's helmet perfectly, still a nicely crafted piece of the Batman universe.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
These stories from 2005, running through Batman issues #635-641 are collected as Batman: Under the Hood. The second half of the story, from Batman issues #645-650 are collected as Batman: Under the Hood v. 2. I picked this and the second volume up in my local library, not knowing anything about the character, who apparently has established a place for himself in the DC Universe since these volumes. For those like me who are not familiar with him, the Red Hood begins here as a `wannabe' crime lord who sets himself up as a rival to the Black Mask, crime boss Roman Sionis, who has ruthlessly seized control of Gotham's criminal gangs. They both have much witty dialogue and a casual disregard for the value of human life - criminal lives, anyway - which makes these stories a pleasure to read. You probably know who the Red Hood is by now, but here, he is an unknown figure, who is extremely well-trained in combat, makes witty comments while fighting, and uses a lot of the Batman's own technology, which gets Bats wondering just who he is fighting... Imagine Spider-Man crossed with the Punisher. Batman is aided by Nightwing for the first six episodes, and Dick does enough reminiscing about his days as Robin to hammer home the clues.

The main story is the escalating battle between the Red Hood and the Black Mask, with Batman and Nightwing caught in the middle, as the Black Mask slowly escalates the violence, even using Amazo and Mr Freeze to get rid of the Red Hood, only for him to manoeuvre Batman and Nightwing into the firing line.
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By A Customer on 30 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
The introduction of a new criminal !
Basically, Batman comes up against a new villan, who has modelled himself on the Jokers red hood. This guy however, goes after both the villans of Gotham, and crosses path with Batman when he starts killing them. The identity of the Red Hood, is a huge shock to Batman, and raises further questions.
This is a new chapter in the the Batman saga, and a brilliant story has been laid in motion. DC comics have done well recently, with the introduction of Hush as well as this new criminal, spicing up the stories even more.
The story and graphics are solid, and this book is a must buy, not just beacause of the great story, but because it hails a new era in Gotham!
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The criminal underworld is active in Gotham City and as usual the gangs tend to fight each other as much as they do the forces of law enforcement. Enter the new super criminal Black Mask, a psychotic killer that suffered horrific burns to his face in a battle with Batman. His plan is to take control of all the criminal activity in Gotham City and he is bringing in the goods and hiring the muscle to carry out his plan.
However, there is a force besides Batman that stands in the way of the Black Mask. It is a mysterious figure that wears a red mask, is very capable yet not super powered and does not hesitate to kill in order to get their way. The Red Mask does have some moral scruples as he is careful to kill only the bad guys but his methods are repugnant to Batman. When Batman sees the face of the Red Mask he is appalled and then embarks on a quest to question some of his fellow heroes that have come back from the dead.
To the Red Mask, it all appears as if it is a game. He foils the Black Mask over and over again yet never seems interested in anything other than infuriating him. The battles rage back and forth in a three-way truel between the Black Mask, the Red Mask and his allies and Batman with his allies. Sometimes Batman and group are fighting the forces of the Black Mask and other times Batman is up against the Red Mask.
The story moves very quickly and has enough twists and gyrations to keep you largely clueless as to what is going to happen next. It is very exciting and dramatic, so much so that once I completed this book I had to immediately buy the sequel.
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This is the first volume of a two part series that deals with the arrival of new character in the world of Batman. This is the Red Hood - someone who seems to be hell-bent on taking over Gotham from the other criminals (namely, the current crime boss; The Black Mask). But after a few skirmishes with the other criminals, it becomes clear that the Red Hood is more interested in forcing a confrontation with Batman, which comes towards the end of this volume.
A lot of the other reviewers have given the plot away with the identity of the Red Hood, and that is a bit of a shame, because it is nice to come to it yourself.
I personally think this is a good, solid Batman story. It is not up with the absolute best titles of Batman stories; Devil's Advocate, Killing Joke or Face the Face, but it is a good read and worthy of your collection.
The artwork is good, without being spectacular, but the story and the characters are meant to be the main focus here, and not how dazzling the graphic novel looks.
The story goes on at a fair pace too, and i didn't feel like i was having to struggle to get through it, which is usually a good sign when reading a Batman story.
All in all, i would recommend this to most Batman fans, and would say that it is worth reading volume two as well. Both are reasonably priced and pretty readily available.
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