Monday, January 26, 2009

Batman: The Strange Deaths of Batman Review

Recently reviewed by me at CBR: Faces of Evil: Deathstroke #1, about which I write the following sentences: "Some might call a collection like 'Batman: The Strange Deaths of Batman' a 'cash-grab' or a 'cynical attempt to make money off Batman's "death" in "Final Crisis."' But it really does make sense to provide some context for the current death of Batman, and a trade paperback reprinting some of Batman's greatest 'deaths' seems like a good idea. It's a fun way to trace the development of storytelling styles over the decades, all handily tied together under one thematic umbrella. Unfortunately, this collection is wildly uneven, and at $19.99, I don't see enough quality here to fully justify that price. Some of the stories are good -- one, in particular, is a work of deranged genius -- but the rest are bottom-of-the-barrel darknight detective episodes, with the most recent stories tending to be the worst."

Read the entire review HERE.

2 comments:

Waderpants said...

It looks like this week's episode of the Brave and the Bold Cartoon is a take-off on that Atom in the brain story - which was one of my favorte comics as a kid. I remember buying that Brave and the Bold 100 page special at 7-11 with a cherry slurpee.

Anonymous said...

They left out the John Byrne "Many Deaths of the Batman" story, which was pretty good.

Not technically a death of the Batman, but a great read that might have upped the story value.