on November 22, 2003
Batman may have met his match in the KGBeast, a rogue Soviet super-assassin with a 10-man Gotham hitlist and a death-arsenal of every move, counter-move, and weapon there is. Originally released as a landmark "series within a series" when the Cold War was in its death throes, "Ten Nights of the Beast" is an admittedly retro thriller, but one no less--and perhaps even more--suspenseful for it. Writer Jim Starlin infuses this fast-moving "black game" (the Beast's own words) with some great set pieces and enough daredevil drama to satisfy any Bat-fan, while veteran Batman illustrator Jim Aparo's drawings bring the excellent script to life. Jason Todd is still Batman's sidekick in this late 80s saga, and he's a good enough Robin that it's hard to remember just why everyone wanted him to bite the bullet so bad. And even though the KGBeast himself is off-scene most of the time, Starlin's mastery of dialogue and detail infuse the killer with more life than decades of writers have been able to do with some other villains from the Caped Crusader's rogues' gallery. The denouement may not be quite as shocking to today's bloodthirstier comics fans as it was when it first hit the bookstores, but it's still a satisfying and surprising conclusion to one of the most exciting Batman stories ever. "Ten Nights of the Beast" is currently out of print, but will surely be re-available in a future best-of collection of Batman classics.
on June 9, 1997
"Ten Nights of the Beast" is an excellent portrayal of Cold War tensions from a comics standpoint.
The Beast was particularly well-characterized, a
chillingly fanatic character who will stop at nothing to accomplish his goals. In addition, the corruption of some of the U.S. officials adds a touch
of realism. Overall, a very good book, one that I
would recommend to any Batman fan.
on March 17, 1998
Another great 80s tale of the Batman by Starlin and Aparo. The Batman's lore fully incorporates the Cold War and the U.S.'s staunch tensions with the Soviet Union. The KGBeast is Batman's antithesis, his exact polar opposite, and one of the most creative and cunning villains every to grace comic bookdom's pages.
on January 11, 2012
Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast is one of the mainstream comics that have influenced and changed the face of comics forever! The Beast, IS the dark version of Batman (not Bane, he's just brute strength); The Beast is the anti-Batman and matches him in every move. If you're a fan of comics, Batman, or story telling... this is the story to read. (The other three are: "The Killing Joke", "Batman: A death in the Family", and "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns".)
Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were high, right up to 1989, when freedom rang throughout all of Europe and the Iron Curtain came crumbling down. The edgy suspense of the times were incorporated in comics and Batman lore, giving rise to the KGBeast. The KGBeast is the complete antithesis of Batman, instead of an armed detective who works to save lives, the Beast is an armed detective who works to take lives. He was the best assassin the KGB ever produced, but like many experiments, something went wrong and he began taking things into his own hands. Nothing seems able to prevent him from knocking off his hit list one by one and the last name on the list, is the President of the United States. Only, the Beast never expected for a Bat to fly in his way. Interesting story, somewhat dated because of the Cold War theme, yet that's also what makes it so intriguing.