on 31 December 2008
Really great 70s Batman book. Merges old school characteristics with the true dark essence of Batman,a great story that combines lots of notable villains such as Penguin,Joker,Clayface & Hugo Strange.
The panels and art look awesome; one bit where Batman swings down upon a prone Deadshot and takes him out hard through the glass window of a building is really cool. Batman ready to strike on a broody silent night,the art really reminds you how good Batman is to read in a comic. I'm sure this run influenced a lot of Batman stories written after it and was a kind of creative catalyst to say Frank Miller and Jeph Loeb when they were devising stories and ways to challenge what was/still is such a complex amazing character. The book makes Batman take on everything imaginable in this; gangsters,assasins,psychos,supervillains.
It's a truly good old Batman book and it really taps into many of the issues that will be brought to Batman for the 35 years or so after it was released. It's such a good example of Batman becoming cutting edge for comic writers in terms of what he can go through,decisions he needs to make and consequences of his choices.
Definitely recommended, it's a pity this "collection" (although it is a coherent story in many ways) isn't more well known. It would also be a good way to begin reading Batman,along with obvious books like Year One.