Batman: Under the Hood Paperback – 23 Jan 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent value for money.
Decent storyline and the artistry is pretty good.
I'm waiting for the second part to arrive as I'm writing this.
Happy with item.
riteo peeps batman under the hood v.1 + v.2 should not be missed by any batman fan. it has a great storyline and is easily one of my favourite comics. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2010 by Mr. Dale Bambrough
although this title isnt up with the best of the batman books, it is nowhere near the bottom. the art is a bit plain, but it is from the series put together and not a from the... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2009 by T. Brown
Batman Under the Hood is a great story. The Red Hood, a new vigilante, who walks an even finer line than Bats has arrived in town and its up to the dark knight detective to uncover... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2009 by Gavin S. Crosby
Something about this just didn't work for me. Actually not much worked at all. I'm not great at reviewing something I didn't enjoy so this may sound a little contrived but Under... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2008 by D. J. Roberts
The crime-lord Black Mask has controlled the Gotham underworld by coming out of the last gang war in the strongest position. Read morePublished on 10 July 2008 by T. R. Alexander
There's a new villain in Gotham town, a young masked murderer who only kills criminals. Little does Batman know, the killer is only too familiar. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2008 by Sakina