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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (Aug. 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401227244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401227241
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 0.5 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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classy art from Andy Kubert and a finale of rare emotional depth make this more than an exercise in fan-boy reference-spottingA" - The Daily Telegraph this does have truly the most goose pimple-inducing ending and is a masterful tale from the great Gaiman. Incredible artwork tooA" - Flipside --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer alive and is the author of numerous bestselling books and graphic novels, winning countless awards. His best known work in comics is the epic Sandman series. Andy Kubert has long been one of comics' greatest talents, with work including both X-Men and Ultimate X-Men, Adam Strange, Captain America, 1602 and much more! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kirshenblatt on Oct. 13 2009
Format: Hardcover
What happens when you have a character that is no longer the child of an archetype, but rather becomes an archetype himself?

The answer to this riddle that is not quite one like Edward Nigma's, is that you get something or someone like Batman. Because I am familiar with a lot of Neil Gaiman's writing, I suspected that his slant on Batman would involve enveloping him, or placing him within the realms of mythology and storytelling proper. If these are some of your expectations as well, you will not be disappointed.

Here is an overview of the structure of The Deluxe Edition. First, you have the two-part story of "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" prefaced by one of Neil Gaiman's very lovely Introductions (he really seems to *love* Batman), followed by some of his earlier Batman comics: a rough-drawn almost Stoppard-like meta-narrative where Batman and the Joker wait backstage to cast a crime scene in "A Black and White World," a misguided agent's attempt to get to know Poison Ivy in "Pavane," a television show host's attempt to humanize mad criminals of Gotham City in "Original Sins," and wedged between the latter is a marvelous monologue on the reflection of Batman's "good old Kitsch and Camp days" by the one and only Edward Nigma aka The Riddler in "When is a Door." All of these very much match the two-issue story that Neil Gaiman created literally exploring the Batman mythos.

As for the main storyline itself, I will admit that is was predictable -- or at least it was for me if only because I have read a lot of Gaiman's other works. In "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" Batman is dead in a coffin and a Rogue's Gallery of friends, allies, and enemies come to pay their respects and tell their versions of how he exactly died.
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Terrible plot & not well thought out.
I have read more then enough of these to see the truly great from the cash grab, this was a cash brab on the Batman name.
Poorly drawn & offered no real outcome.
It was boring & dull you find yourself waiting for this whatever happened to the Bat but its such a let down & has no standing in the DC universe its a one time "what if" story that should not have been done as it does nothing.
Dont get suckered in by the cool cover like i did in hopes of a great read.
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The illustrations are flawless and who can deny that it wasn't interesting to visualize how every bad/good character of Gotham could have brought on Batman's death. Is the end really just a beginning? Hmm, life puzzling right?

Sadly, the short stories included in the comic where not as good. I enjoyed Pavane, but after experiencing the magic of Andy Kubert, I just couldn't really get lost in the drawings.
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By Vanessa on July 31 2013
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The artwork in this book is wonderful and beautifully done, I think they got Batman right on; mysterious and dark, just the way I like him drawn.

I love how your get multiple stories all bound up in one, and you get a different perspective on Batman and how he thinks. Great read, totally worth the money!
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