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Batman: Crimson Mist (Batman (DC Comics Hardcover)) Hardcover – December 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Batman (DC Comics Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1st edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563894777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563894770
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy B Sullivan
I understand that he is supposed to have been driven insane by the blood thirst, but what "remained" was not recognizably a characterization of Batman.
Joseph A. Demko
The proper ending did not justify having to trudge through the rest of this story.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Owen Allaway on October 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is good. In fact, it's very good. It's a huge Gothic melodrama - which is a good thing. It's very gory. The art fits the story like a glove. But don't read it unless you've read the first two books in the trilogy (Red Rain and Bloodstorm). You'll be able to understand Crimson Mist without having read them, but I doubt you'll fully appreciate it. If you have read the first two I hope that saying it's more of the same will persuade you to read it as soon as possible. I think it's probably the best of the trilogy, but that could be because it's the freshest in my mind.
It's always nice when you spend a lot of money on a book to get nice packaging, and this was no disappointment. A good cover, which indicates exactly what the story is going to be like. The paper is very glossy and I don't think this is going to fall apart in a hurry. Little things, like the small gold images on the pages and the skull on the front cover indicate that care has been taken over this. It is expensive, but no more so than many hardback novels. I won't say it's great value for money, but it's not a rip-off by any stretch of the imagination.
The prose is gothic, over-blown, melodramatic and quite, quite brilliant. This is a vampire story. A tale of blood-lust, ancient evil, darkness and tragedy. The prose fits the themes. Batman sounds like a vampire should sound to all of us that have grown up on the Dracula myth. There's a nineteenth century feel to the writing that only serves to accentuate this. It's melodramatic, as I've already mentioned, but I like melodrama. It works.
I've always liked Kelley Jones' art. One thing that struck me was that everyone in the book looked grotesque. Which is how it should be. This is a horror story, after all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For fans of the vampire Batman series, Crimson Mist won't disappoint. CM picks up where Bloodstorm left off, with Batman staked and agonizing in vampire limbo. Unfortunately for Alfred the Butler and Commissioner Gordon, a new group of criminals is besieging Gotham, and only the undead Dark Knight can stop them. Can Batman defeat Two-Face and Killer Croc without becoming a worse monster in the process? Doug Moench takes you on a journey into the remnants of Bruce Wayne's soul, with stunning artwork from Kelley Jones that can't be ignored. The best Elseworld novel I've read yet!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christian E. Senftleben on February 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Don't get me wrong, Batman as a vampire is the most compelling concept I've come across in comic-land. The first two books were so cool and intense that years later I still read it with eyes intent on the page. I can't say for others, but for me it speaks of the heart's deep inner urges, longings, appetites, and pent-up rage and regrets. Bloodstorm was, for me, the penultimate description of the human condition. Only Christie Golden's book, "Vampire of the Mists," can touch what the creators have done in this trilogy.
Having said that, I must admit that the third installment here carries two basic flaws:
First of all, it loses touch with what makes Batman a living, pulsing character. I can't speak for others, but I can't identify with an unleashed, hell-bent-for-slaughter-and-mayhem Batman pushed past an insanity even the Joker never had. This Batman kills without compunction, guilt, recrimination, or reserve. He's ten times worse than any criminal he savages, and he's SCARY in ways that Batman never was meant to be, even in Elseworlds!
Second and more importantly for me, he looks U-G-L-Y ...with a capital UGH! I don't WANT to look at an animated rotting dessicated corpse of a once-Batman-turned savage killer running about tearing out necks and cutting off heads! I can only handle so much gore, and the creators gave more to spare here!
Call me silly, but one of the reasons I loved the first two installments is that Batman looked so COOL as a vampire! All shadows and cape and fangs ...he was creepy, but in a COOL way. He was all that Batman pretended to be... for real! But this Batman is just an ugly, insane monster.
Aside from all that, it was still a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. The end of Bloodstorm left me hanging, sad, and wanting more. Crimson Mist left me with a feeling of closure, as Batman dissolves into dust, leaving his cape behind to find that peace that he so longingly searched for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on July 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
One reviewer claims this is not a Batman tale like the first two, but instead a vampire tale using Batman as a device (my paraphrase). His point is well taken and understandable, but ultimately, I disagree. Batman is brought back from the grave. The Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Penguin, and Two-Face are the villains at center stage and Gordon is disparate and needs the Batman.

Batman fights against his nature where he can, buy giving into the bloodlust where he can - essentially, Gordon and Alfred and other "decent" citizens are safe (so much so he tells him to stay back because he can hear his pulse) but the evildoers, Batman uses his lust as a pre-text to drink their blood.

In the end, Batman compartmentalizes his morality and knows it is wrong. So when Jim Gordon, before the rocks form an explosion fall on him, prays for God's mercy on their souls, the Batman has no doubt Jim and Alfred deserve and will receive that mercy; however, he doubts he will. He is full of sin, blackened.

This ending alone can stir debate and discussion. Does Batman receive mercy, after all, isn't his end a form of repentance? This third installment richly weaves a narrative with the two previous books. This is a Batman story and is a great graphic novel trilogy.
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