Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Paperback – Aug 27 2010
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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 spotting." - The Daily Telegraph Review"
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Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer of the 1990s and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. He is the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys, and won critical acclaim for his first feature film, Mirrormask, with long-time collaborator Dave McKean.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I purchased this product, as I was mislead to believe it was a crucial part of the chronology following Final Crisis and Batman RIP. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Silke
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. Read more
This book is well written and well drawn. The side stories are also great!Published on Nov. 1 2010 by booster gold