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Batman: Child of Dreams Hardcover – March 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156389906X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563899065
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School--Bob Kane's superhero continues to offer inspiration to contemporary cartoonists and graphic novelists. The well-plotted tale that unfolds here touches on modern issues. Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) arrives in Tokyo to uncover an impostor, a young Japanese villain who has imbibed his own horrible creation--a widely available but illegal drug that allows the person who ingests it to become any of Batman's rivals. Through shadows as well as lines, the images are a suitable blend of Batman stoicism and manga perspectival play. Panels explode at inspired angles and spreads offer the appearance of movement--a cape flapping in the night sky--through judicious layouts. When it comes to clothing, even the young woman reporter Wayne meets always appears fully dressed or sheeted. Fans will enjoy this episode in the international Batman saga, but it also stands on its own.--Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Asamiya presents a manga -fied Batman. Except in close-ups of flamboyant villains, features, especially of the ingenue's face, are minimal. Backdrops are generally blank white, black, or gray--there is no color at all--and all bravura effects are matters of charging action or constantly varied composition and points of view: of swirling mists, smoke, fire, and Bat-cape. The story is a modernly sour romance laid over a fiendish scheme not, as it first seems, to destroy Batman but to replace him. The vector of both plotlines is Japanese TV reporter Yuko Yagi, whose big-break assignment is to interview Batman. No sooner does she get to Gotham City than new, more powerful editions of Batman's old nemeses Two-Face, the Penguin, and the Joker terrorize the place sequentially. Meanwhile, her professional interest is diluted by her eyes for Bruce Wayne, the millionaire behind the bat mask. Or is it? Yuko expresses enough narcissistic careerism to make her closing kiss with Bruce seem calculated to ensure her future "access" should she need it. Ray Olson
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The art and story are amazing.
Apollo Latimer
Asamiya's art style is awesome, and really gives the characters more of a profile than you usually see in traditional manga with huge eyes or non-existent noses.
J. Alford
If you want to experience Batman in a new, and interesting way, and you are a manga fan, I recommend this book.
Corum Seth Smith

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Taylor on April 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I first saw this at a Barnes and Noble here in town, and like a previous reviewer, got hooked by the story while perusing the pages. I enjoy manga and anime in general, but it was still a bit of a shock seeing the Dark Knight's world drawn like this. But once the story gets going, I didn't even notice the different style and readily accepted the presentation. Some have complained about the story, but I found it interesting enough to plow through the book in one night. Considering the length of the graphic novel, it was a bit of a feat. It is a fascinating international take on Bats, and if given a chance, could turn into a favorite for many fans.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corum Seth Smith on August 15, 2005
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While I don't think this is the best Batman storyline out there, let me explain the five rating. I like manga. The art is so fantastic, the characters so detailed. Asamiya is a fantastic artist. He draws the Joker so well. By giving the Joker a wild smile, yet with grimacing eyebrows, Asamiya portrays the character as a homocidal lunatic masquerading as some harmless clown. That is exactly what the Joker is. When Manga doesn't always connect with dialogue, the amazing thing is that the art itself is a form of characterization.

The eyes, the lines, the perspective, are all elements of drawing that can add an effective element to creating a character. In a comic book, you have visual aids to help you picture the character. In America, I think the dialogue and writing are superior; however in Japan there is little question that the art is superior. The characters, by their mere appearance on the page, lend some insight into what lies beneath the character in a metaphysical sense. That is how good the best manga art is.

However, the story itself is a very interesting, and creative one. Someone has the ability to recreate Batman villains at the genetic level. Due to the havoc it wreaks on the body, however, the "villain" mummifies within two or three days. Who is behind this strange development?

Someone who is utterly obsessed with Batman! Someone who takes the saying "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" to the next level: He wants to become Batman!

The art is just so well done, and the story is pretty darn good, too. If you want to experience Batman in a new, and interesting way, and you are a manga fan, I recommend this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Matthew Hawkins on April 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I first picked this graphic novel up in the bookstore to look it over, I had no intention of buying it - the manga-style of drawing seemed too neat and clean, and the images are in black-and-white - but then I sat down and started reading the story. I was hooked.
Asamiya has great skills in plotting a story so that it captures and reader and moves you along. Asamiya also makes skilled use of dialogue - he relies very little on the narrator's voice because he is able to convey a remarkable amount of background information and character-development through his use of dialogue and a novelist's sense of timing when he switches viewpoint characters.
The story revolves around a number of disturbing themes that should have the intended unsettling effect on the reader: things and people are not what they seem; the most obvious, apparent enemy is not the source of the problem; and identities are always contested and sometimes compromised.
Asamiya introduces other themes as well, such as blurring the lines between "news" and entertainment, blurring the lines between television and reality, the dangerous extremes to which a fan (or fans) can take their identification with a celebrity and fantasy role-playing, and it touches on Commissioner Gordon's inability to control the crime in his own city - his, perhaps, over-reliance on one vigilante.
Oh, and did I mention the consuming public's perhaps over-reliance on pharmaceuticals to make us feel good, "get back in the game" and to imagine that we are that which we wish to be?
And then there are the very central themes of the relationship between dreams and reality, and the question of whether or not it is merely genetics (biology) that makes the man, or if something more is required?
This brings us back to the artwork.
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By Logan Davis on January 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I got mine about 2 weeks almost after ordering it I haven't read it yet but it is great I ordered a softcover because it was cheaper to find out the guy I bought it from sent me an email saying that he couldn't change his description so instead I got the better hard cover which I would love to say is a great piece for my batman collection there was a little damage on the actual cover around the bottom on the binding and a bit on the front but I don't mind the paper thing can slide off I don't use it do to the fact that it is annoying and the other fact that the actual hardcover has a little same color image of the Batman I will start reading this immediately then seal it away forever unless someone is going to buy it the hardcover is actually like $25 I ended up buying the hardcover for approximately $12 but I did think I was buying a softcover so I thought it was worth it but when I got it what went through my mind was oh crap I kind of ripper that guy off.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Butler on March 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Imposters posing as Batman's major villains attack without warning and die mysteriously, as a Japanese TV crew tries to do a story on the Dark Knight. A dangerous new drug on the street is involved, and Batman ends up travelling to Tokyo to get to the bottom of the mystery.

This was a fairly average Batman story, with numerous plot elements that have already been developed by other authors. There are fights with multiple villains (Jeph Loeb has done this twice), a warning on the danger of drugs (Alan Grant and others have done this), and an arch villain who wants to be Batman (a running theme with Azrael). The genetics angle was somewhat interesting, but not enough to create an original story.

I thought that the painted cover was very good and reminiscent of the early Batman movies. However, the interior art was a bit mixed in quality. Asamiya draws noses too big, and the frames were coarse and grainy at times. I couldn't tell whether this was a style choice, or a production problem. On the other hand, the shadowy atmosphere of Batman was well done, and the Joker was nicely drawn too.

For some reason, characters were often drawn with only one eye visible. Is this a manga convention of some type? It had to have been intentional. The manga style was apparent at times, but the book reads like an American comic. Occasionally the translation seemed awkward.

I would recommend this book for manga fans, and fans of Kia Asamiya, but anyone who has read a lot of Batman will find this work derivative and only mildly interesting. Still, it was not a terrible effort, and I'm now interested in looking at some of the author's other work.
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