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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401224172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401224172
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All the greats have to face it eventually and at the end of DC’s latest epoch-shattering event Final Crisis, it was Batman’s turn to “die.” Gotham City’s various do-gooders and goons scramble to either fill or exploit the void, but the focus here is on Nightwing’s showdown with the psychopath who’s claimed the coveted cowl. Relative newcomer Daniel supplies art from the Jim Lee school of sinew and scowl, and applies atmospheric shadows in all the right places. His writing doesn’t add anything surprising to the characters’ psyches, but does admirably balance the chaos, setting up the Batman universe’s new status quo. Grades 10-12. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Fabian Nicieza has written fan-favourite run on X-Men, as well as many other titles including Cable and Deadpool and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Tony Daniel is the regular penciller of Teen Titans; he has also drawn Superman, X-Force and more.

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Customer Reviews

It's a good mix of action, drama, and a well told story.
Siji Gilbert
I feel the book might be a little better if it were around five issues and delved deeper into how specific characters are dealing with Bruce's apparent death.
Ben J Gilmore
The story wasn't bad and it made sense, but it was kinda boring.
C. Lawrence

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52 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jon Repesh on November 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Battle for the Cowl kindles so many questions, yet provides so few answers. Who is the new Black Mask? Why make Jason Todd an absolute sociopathic killer? Why was Tony Daniel, previously known primarily as an artist, chosen to write such a critical and much scrutinized series? And the most daunting question of all, why allegedly kill off and replace Bruce Wayne at arguably the commercial apex of his lengthy and legendary career? Regarding Black Mask's cryptic identity, Orpheus perhaps, although the logic behind that choice is admittedly dubious. As for Jason Todd, after his cleverly conceived depiction as a bitter yet believable anti-hero in the vastly underrated Under the Hood storyline, DC never did know how to best utilize him, with his totally exaggerated and irrational characterization here being a prime example, which alas leaves no avenue for turning back. For some, this may not be a concern, for others it negates any future possibilities of employing him in a more judicious and coherent manner. His portrayal and most of the plot were seemingly editorially mandated, ultimately leaving the eventual writer with little room for creative maneuvering, enter Tony Daniel. Many people justifiably questioned the decision to use a relative writing novice to pen this important story. There certainly is no debating the quality of his illustrations, which are some of the finest of his career, but the real revelation is his remarkably sharp and engaging writing, all while constrained within the context of a preordained outline and outcome. And speaking of that outcome...Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cooper on September 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this graphic novel--at least the first three chapters. (The last two are taken from a different perspective in the aftermath of Batman's "death" including Harvey Bullock and Vicki Vale--I didn't care for the artwork of those last two chapters and wasn't interested enough to do more than skim through the story.)

The Battle for the Cowl is a three issue story focusing on Dick Grayson. I disagreed with other reviewers. It was fun and action-packed and seemed to open up storylines for other Batman titles. SPOILER (if you haven't figured it out already): It does a great job of showing how Dick claims the mantle--and that he is the only one worthy of it.

I also loved the art. I have seen Daniel's work in Teen Titans, but this is even better. (Maybe because Dick Grayson is my favorite DC character.)

I borrowed this from the library but hope to purchase it soon--that's how good it is.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fox on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
With the Batman gone, the world needs another to step into his place. Unfortunately, this collection of stories is a poorly written explanation of how Dick Grayson takes the mantle of the Bat. Just save yourself a few bucks and transition to the superb Batman & Robin series by Grant Morrison.

Without having read this story, you will just assume that Dick grappled with inner demons, questioned his relationship with Bruce over the years and what it means to be Batman. Instead, there is a ridiculous battle for the cowl. Robins and such fight, things happen, and a forgettable story is born.

Skip this collection. Having not read this series, you will actually have the stories that occur before and after make more sense. I would also suggest not to read any of Daniel's other stories. He is an excellent artist, but his strength lies in the pictorial depictions, not the inner thoughts of characters or coherent narrative form.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ekko on October 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Batman RIP is a very complex story--it's one of the finest examples of decompressed storytelling ever put out by one of the "big two" publishers. This is a lame spin off--an attempt to generate sales based on Grant Morrison's main story. Stick with the Morrison batworks and you won't go wrong. Stray into Tony Daniel territory, and you're on your own. It's not terrible, it's just...Standard.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Noriega on January 21, 2011
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What to say about this book? I had the unique perspective of history on my side. History - when related to comic book readers - is sometimes a good thing and sometimes a bad one. I read a study a few years ago that said the average comic book reader will actively buy and read comics for about seven years before moving on for whatever reason. That means that stories, characters, situations and whatnot can be rehashed about every so often without readers en masse revolting. Anyone familiar with the Batman mythos will remember that in 1993 Batman was replaced by John Paul Valley - Azrael - after Bane broke his back. In other words, we've seen this before. Other things that I've seen before - Gotham burning to the ground in some fashion. We had the guy who blew up a number of buildings in Gotham in order to highlight the more cyberpunkish buildings (1992), we had Ras Al Ghul release the Clench on Gotham, killing many of its inhabitants. We had Gotham suffer a massive earthquake and be basically cut off from the rest of the country and the world in No Man's Land (I actually liked that one). My point is... how many times can Gotham be basically shaken to its core by the criminal element and nature? Seriously. Watching Gotham burn is getting hella old. Who in Hades would actually choose to live there? And what is it with DC basically destroying entire cities (Bludhaven and Coast City)?!

But I digress... Battle for the Cowl follows Dick Grayson and Tim Drake as they try to stop Jason Todd from taking over the mantle of Batman and soiling its history - as Jason's methods are much more drastic and terminal than those of Bruce Wayne. I have to totally agree with a previous poster who questioned DC's decision to allow Tony Daniel to write this story.
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