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Batman: Cataclysm Paperback – June 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563895277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563895272
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHUCK DIXON
Born in Philadelphia, Pa.

Chuck Dixon has more than twenty-five years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others featuring a range of characters from Batman to the Simpsons. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller currently writes G.I. Joe and A-team for IDW, The Good the Bad and the Ugly for Dynamite, The Simpsons for Bongo Comics along with many creator-owned projects for various publishers. He is also the co-publisher of an ambitious line of graphic novels based on the American Civil War.

In addition to his work in graphic novels, Chuck is currently writing a series of action novels about a team of Navy SEALs and their missions in the global War in Terror available on Kindle and Nook. His latest work is BAD TIMES Book One: Cannibal Gold available now through Kindle!

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Batman: Cataclysm was overall a great comic book, and very enjoyable.
c
Gotham, one of the largest, darkest, and somewhat disturbing cities is about to undergo a chaos of apocolyptic proportions!
"zsinj16"
They don't do anything for the main plot really, but give a wonderful feel for the overall story.
Caleb Hughes

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By c on December 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Batman: Cataclysm was overall a great comic book, and very enjoyable. For Batman fans, the comic is much different than most Batman books. For example, you won't see too many of the regular vilians (Joker, Scarecrow, etc.). Instead Gotham is rocked by a huge earthquake destroying everything, even the Batcave. Batman is left to fight something he has no power over, mother nature. It makes for a very interesting tale, as Batman sees the city he loves burn and crumble into oblivion, and he can do nothing to stop it. Along the way, heroes like Nightwing, Robin, Huntress, Spoiler, and Catwoman join forces to help trapped citizens and fight off escaped convicts. Then, a man calling himself the Quakemaster takes claim for the earthquake and threatens Gotham with another one. In the end, the identity of the Quakemaster is very suprising. Batman: Cataclysm is one of the best storylines and definitely one of the most emotional storylines for a Batman series. It is a good read with great artwork, and it leads to the aftermath story of Gotham, Batman: No Man's Land.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Fuson on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Batman can handle criminals. But how can he fight a Earthquake? How can he fight the natural destruction of a city?

A lot of crossovers nowadays are pathetically poorly coordinated. But Batman: Cataclysm is very well coordinated and flows pretty well. If you don't read the writing credits you wouldn't be able to tell how many different writers were involved. The main story following Batman, Oracle, Nightwing and Robin are intersepersed with vignettes starring Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul and others. One of the few week points is a vignette starring Robin is put in out of order. In it Robin, while rescuing trapped victims, says in the narrative that he hasn't found his family, but about five pages before he was reunited with his family. But most of the story flows well, and it's believable. Batman and Alfred are trapped in the Batcave well below ground. How do they get out? The Batmobile exit is blocked, the stairs up to the mansion is blocked, the access to Robin's house is blocked. So how do they get out? It's handled very clearly and as realistically as any comic book can get.

The real strong point of this story though is the artwork. Almost every comics artist can draw a decent figure but there are a sad number of artists who don't or can't draw backgrounds. But the Batman creative crew is occupied by artists who can draw buildings and scenery. As Gotham city is an essential part of the Batman mythos this probably isn't a coincidence. As such the scenes of the destroyed city are amazing and horrific. The falling skyscrapers, Wayne Manor split down the middle, rubble two stories high are all handled well, and you really feel how intense it is for these people to lose their city, their home.

I was really impressed with this work. The story continues in the No Man's Land story arc, and after reading this I definately want to go read those.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "davisberry" on November 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
They actually were able to pull it off. An awesome book. It starts off with the one villian that Batman can do absolutely nothing to it. An earthquake that measures 7.6 demolishes Gotham. Wayne Manor is in shambles and the Batcave is fully exposed. The Bat team must rush to save the survivors whether they be wondering the streets, under collapsed buildings, or just plain lost in this new land. An excellent ending with great art the entire way through. Wonderfully written and you need to read the followling five volumes entitled No Man's Land to find the finish.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Malewitz on May 21, 2000
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Overall a great book. Gotham City faces something worse than even the Joker or Penguin could do to it, Earthquake! Batman battles those who come out of the darkness to take advantage of the destruction while Bruce Wayne fights to save his city politically. Only mistake I made was reading the No Mans Land Comics(which were even better) before I read this so It spoiled some of the suspense for me. I would advise against doing that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Winter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Batman: Cataclysm begins a long story arc that strings together a series of terrible tragedies that strike Gotham. I recently re-read the entire series of books and while parts of Cataclysm are a bit dated and stuck in the '90s, the overall story is a good read for this reason: Batman is challenged in a way he can't easily deal with. Gotham is hit by a massive earthquake, creating a citywide disaster. The Dark Knight has always been about crimefighting, but now he has to deal with a complete collapse of Gotham's infrastructure, physical and social. While emergency services are desperate to patch things up, he now has to figure out the best way to deal with the fall of Blackgate prison, the rise of opportunistic gangs, and all of it in the midst of a chaos that doesn't make it easy to move around in Gotham, let alone keep the bad guys reminded that he is still their greatest threat.

If you want to read this story arc fully, you'll get the most benefit by going through the following volumes:

- Legacy (a story of R'as al'Ghul)
- Contagion (sequel to Legacy, in which Gotham is hit hard by plague)
- Cataclysm (this book)
- No Man's Land, volumes 1-5

I love crimefighting stories of the Caped Crusader, don't get me wrong: but I do also appreciate when DC's writers decide to try something different.
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