All Star Batman and Robin Hardcover – 25 Jul 2008
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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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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.Read more ›
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read the numerous mixed reviews of this book, i decided to buy it and make my own mind up about this hugely controversial series. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2008 by H. Jones
This is the best Batman i have ever read, there is not so much of a story line to speak of, but the character development is fantastic, making the Dark Knight darker than ever. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2008 by Danny Hughes
All Star Batman and Robin is a superb new release, featuring Frank Miller and Jim Lee producing an excellent Year One Robin story with a top drawer supporting cast (as the name... Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2008 by BatDan