- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (1 Jan. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401215750
- ISBN-13: 978-1401215750
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.6 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,543,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death and the City (Batman Beyond (DC Comics)) Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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Paul Dini, the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, joins with J.H. Williams III, the acclaimed artist of the Eisner Award-winning series PROMETHEA, and others for this all-new collection of mystery stories that will test the skills of the World's Greatest Detective!The Dark Knight must face the Riddler, the Penguin and Poison Ivy as well as brand-new villains while trying to solve crimes. Prepare for twists, turns and betrayals every step of the way as Batman is even forced to forge alliances with his enemies to crack these cases.
Top Customer Reviews
Paul Dini, who writes this entire collection, has written an awful lot of the `animated' adventures for Batman and I have therefore avoided an awful lot of his work.
I believe such work to be juvenile, basic, slapstick, obvious and while that is not always a bad thing it's not how I like my Batman.
This is nothing like that.
This is grown up writing with grown up characterisation and beautiful artwork behind the artistic perfection of those covers.
If you believed Dini was capable only one of one level of writing - think again.
This is an engaging collection.
The new version of the Scarface dynamic is interesting as is the Riddler-as-detective spin.
The two-part Siege story where Tim drake's Robin shines, is captivating but the two-part Zatanna team-up, highlighting the consequences of `identity Crisis' as it does, is fascinating and necessary.
Art throughout this book is very good, although the version of Bruce Wayne on show is a bit square jawed and somehow wrong.
I did not think I would but I really enjoyed this collection and I would recommend it.
The stories are of varying quality with my favourite being ' Trust'- a two-parter featuring the Joker, although 'Kind of Like Family' with the always delectable Harley Quinn (working alone for once) is also good. 'Shark Bite' and 'Triage' are the weakest stories here in my opinion.
Overall this is a classy, well-presented package, and the artwork is mostly of very good quality. I'm never keen on short stories because they usually lack depth, and some of the stories here are quite weak. 'Trust' (the Joker story) makes it worthwhile for serious Batman fans, but there are many better graphic novels out there if you're just a casual reader or are just starting your collection.
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These are stories, tales, intimate looks into the intellectual (and human?) side of Batman. Watch as he forms uneasy alliances with former foes . . . and former friends.
My favorite tale involves Batman and Zatanna teaming up to solve a case that brings about a deadly encounter with an unexpected foe. The plot weaves together a mystery with a touching story from Bruce Wayne's past. The image of Zatanna as a girl blowing magical bubbles, and its reappearance in Batman's mind during a certain scenario bring a chill.
The splash pages in between stories rivet me everytime - the black and white images bring out the most stunning emotions. If you like the artwork and the effects it brings to the stories, check out some of the "Batman: Black and White" collections.
This book does nicely on its own, but when you read it in conjunction with the "Detective" collection, it takes on a unique flavor that leaves you hungry for more.
OVER THE YEARS, THERE HAVE BEEN BATMAN STORIES WITH A GREAT STORY WITH TERRIBLE ART, AND GREAT ART WITH TERRIBLE STORIES. THIS BOOK HAS GREAT STORIES AND GREAT ART...I'VE BEEN AWAY FROM COMICS FOR AWHILE NOW...I HAVE A HUGE BATMAN AND BATMAN FAMILY COLLECTION OF COMICS AND BOOKS, AFTER I SAW BATMAN BEGINS, I WAS SUCKED BACK IN AGAIN.
PAUL DINI ISNT THE SOLE WRITER IN THIS COLLECTION, AND THEIR IS MORE THAN 1 ARTIST CONTRIBUTING...BUT THE WHOLE MASS OF TALENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A GREAT ADDITION TO THE BATMAN MYTHOS.
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So the main villain in this comic is Scarface, the little wooden puppet who is evil. I've always wondered about this villain, is the doll possessed? Is the puppeteer schizophrenic? Is the doll a mind control device? Etc. But this was just a good story, the guy who runs the puppet is dead and he has snagged a new person to be his "puppeteer." This time it's a woman and that's a little odd to me because I always figured that the person running him was always so violent that it would be a man.
There are guest appearances by Harley Quinn and the Joker and Zatanna and they are all great in their respective roles. The artwork is very good as well, and the twist that the Joker is now using magic tricks to break the law and kill hundreds if not thousands of people was awesome too!
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Any fan of Batman should check this one out!
In "Double Talk" Batman discovers Scarface is back from the dead (see "Face to Face" for details on Scarface's "death") and Scarface's new Ventriloquist. To Penguin's dismay, this discovery takes place in the newly revamped Iceburg Lounge.
"Shark Bite" involves Riddler, teaming up with Batman in his new role as detective to find out who killed an old friend of Bruce Wayne, and why.
The two-part "Siege" storyline makes buying this worthwhile by itself. Recent fans of Batman probably know that for a while, Bruce was become rather psycotic and utterly consumed by Batman, to the point of letting his relationships with his family suffer badly. More recent fans will know that Bruce lately adopted Tim Drake (see "Face to Face" for this storyline). "Siege" begins with Bruce attempting to broker a truce between the bickering heads of states of two unfriendly nations. Unfortunately, a suicide bomber decides to blow up Wayne Towers, leaving it up to Tim and Bruce to save the day, the heads of state, and themselves as well.
"Kind of Like Family" stars Harleen Quinzel, better known as Harlequin. She's doing her best to get parole through her good behavior when she's kidnapped from Arkham (yes, really) and drafted by the new Scarface to help him carry out a robbery. This one did a good job of showing how Harley has changed, and showing her as a person rather than Joker's giggling henchwench.
"Triage" was a fun detective story, with Batman using his sleuthing skills to hunt down the mysterious person apparently intent on killing off the Terrible Trio. The real twist was in who the would-be killer is.
"Trust" was perhaps my favorite of the lot. The two-parter has a magician whose assistant died during a stunt. Batman's investigations turn up a pattern of deaths or mutilations in the magician's latest shows, and so he calls in Zatanna. It's probably a good idea to read "Identity Crisis" before reading this, although you can follow along fairly well without it. Over the course of their investigation, Batman and Zatanna must face the lack of trust in their relationship, and decide if their friendship can withstand the harm Zatanna did to Batman.
Overall, good artwork, excellent stories, and a nice addition to anyone's Batman collection.