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All Star Batman and Robin Hardcover – 25 Jul 2008

3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845762916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845762919
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 26.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,032,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Miller has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for his work, which include Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 300 and Ronin. His Sin City series was made into a highly successful movie in 2005. He is currently writing All-Star Batman and Robin and the forthcoming Batman: Holy Terror. Jim Lee co-founded Image Comics following his multi-million-selling X-Men work for Marvel. He has pencilled countless comics - all of them best-sellers.


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Format: Hardcover
I was mildly surprised by all the positive reviews when I happened to glance across this page. It actually gave me cause to go back for a second read and I did end up awarding an extra star.

I think my problem lay in approaching this book expecting it to fall into what one other reviewer has described as the 'DC cannon.'

The 'canon' Batman is a dark and brooding character whose intensity and genius are matched only by a strong sense of right and wrong. He is on a crusade, a tragic mission to try and ensure no-one else suffers the way he did as a child. This helps explain the compassion and manner in which he deals with Dick Grayson after the youth suffers a similar fate. He's even close friends with Superman because, despite both approaching their mission from completely different motivations, they share the same dream and goals.

These are the characters I admire and the reason I find myself returning to these books; a sort of reset button for the moral compass.

Frank Miller's batman is a different character entirely. Unhinged to the point where his own excitement and thrills seem more important than the crusade. I particularly found the whole batmobile sequence quite disturbing - for a man trying to clean up Gotham, this Bats seems quite happy to add to the mayhem and general carnage so long as it fits in with his own short-term goals (no lives hang in the balance here). The addition of details such as his disshevelled, unshaven appearance also show that this is a man who doesn't pay attention to the details and really doesn't fit the title 'worlds greatest detective' either, let alone a man with the focus to excel in all his pursuits.
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What a strange read, I found myself flicking back and forward( great thing about comics) to make sure I was picking up on reasons that Batman was abusing the 12 year old Dick Grayson so harshly. I mean, verbally,physically and mentally. The boy had just witnessed his parents murder!( cant possibly be a spoiler if your reading this review) I kept thinking that it was all some stunt, some reason the Bat would slap a 12 year old boy for nothing but no! No reason, Batman is just a horrible character in this book. To say that Miller was trying something different is a huge understatement. You will enjoy reading this book, its worth it simply for the fact that if you are a Batman fan you will be absolutely shocked and repulsed at the way our hero acts and thinks in this book. I'm still wondering why? Did I miss something? But apparently not because all people pretty much say the same thing. This is not the same character from Batman Yearone so don't expect it to be anything like it.........but worth a read.
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I must disagree with previous reviews.
This is the most derivative Batman story I have had the displeasure of reading.
Frank Miller is one of my favourite story tellers. His work in Sin City, Martha Washington, The Dark Knight Returns and Daredevil are peerless.
However this story appears to be a lazy reproduction of the hardboiled stories that inhabit the Sin City universe and Batman's character is mangled to fit the anti- heroes of that genre.

Jim Lee's art work is gorgeous as ever - but nobody needs to see Vicki Vale parading around in her underwear for no discernable reason (let alone propelling the narrative forward) - it's not hot it is sad!!

This type of story gives comics a bad name.
If you want a decent story - try Batman: Hush, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory or The Dark Knight Returns ( which is far more personal story from Frank Miller).
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Frank miller has definately lost his touch here. The dialogue is laughable and the storyline very thin. The artwork is excellent and worth buying the book for alone but compared to year one and dkr the narative is nothing short of awful.
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i enjoyed it- there's a kind of reckless fun involved in Frank miller's Batman- not just literally but in the dispensing of DC rules. the story follows Batman in his 'Year Two' in which he is forced to train Dick earlier than he'd already planned due to the untimely death of Dicks parents. Millers Batman is far more aggressive than any other incarnation but he's no different in this than in Dark Knight Returns- he battles with himself within his own thoughts where he remains the batman we know and love- he regularly asks himself if what he's doing is right or wrong; the act he's playing to tune Dick into what he wants for him and what he believes will help Dick deal with the loss of his parents. Miller uses HIS favourite DC extras, just like he's always done- Black Canary for the most part, and builds on themes of his own later-set mythology (in particular Batman's manipulation of Superman and Superman and Wonder Woman's relationship with each other). i have a theory that one of the reasons it hasn't been so well recieved is Jim Lee doing the art. Jim Lee is amazing- his artwork is incredible but Miller doesn't really go for realistic, he goes for wild and exaggerated- Jim Lee puts to much of a detail onto it and makes it seem unrealistically violent and over-the-top. if Frank had drawn it himself i think it would've been much better- his covers he did for the comics themselves prove that for me. i read it knowing it wasn't DC canon Batman and loved it- like watching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight- they aren't true to canon but they're awesome takes on the mythos- same here i thought. if you have the other three Frank Miller Batman novels then you can't NOT get this, it just fits with them perfectly.
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