- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (May 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401204449
- ISBN-13: 978-1401204440
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 1, 2005
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This collection provides a good representation of the development of Batman through the 20th century. A must have for Batman and comics fans.
In The Case of the Honest Crook (Batman 5, Spring 1941), Wanted: Santa Claus -- Dead or Alive! (Spring 1980), and Favorite Things (Legends of the Dark Knight, January 1996), Batman forgives crooks who repent. These stories along with 24/7 (Batman: Gothic Nights, October 2002) shows Batman's humanitarian angle as he combines philanthropy with crime-fighting. Now 24/7 stands out from the rest of the group. Plotless, it shows a utopia of order and control through a series of vignettes connected by the chronology of time. Each vignette shows the effect that Batman and Bruce Wayne have had on Gotham. Reading this story one wonders why would criminals bother at all to commit crimes in Gotham? In spite of its idealistic Utopianism, it reminds us that the major motive for Batman's existence is his parents' death.
The 1970s shows us a revival of a ruthless, mysterious, and noirish Batman: The Batman Nobody Knows (Batman, July 1973), The Joker's Five-Way Revenge (Batman, September 1973), and Night of the Stalker, cited above. My favorite of these is the last one because his pursuit of three common criminals embodies the fear that he should instill in his opponents. Giordano's stress on shadows, and Englehart's refusal to give speech to Batman makes this the most gothic and noirish of all the stories here.Read more ›