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Batman: The Strange Deaths of Batman Paperback – January 27, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401221742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401221744
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve VINE VOICE on July 3, 2009
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The book comes with stories form the following comics:
Detective 347: A story that is a cross between real and imaginary (you have to read the story to understand). It's your basic 1960s Batman story and is just OK.

World's Finest 184: An imaginary tale. Similar to the first story, basic 1960s and is OK.

Brave and the Bold 115: A story with a teamup with the Atom. The basic storyline is definitely a stretch. I like Jim Aparo's art, but not much else.

Batman 291 -294 - the main reason I bought this TPB. I've always liked this story about how different criminals claim to have killed Batman and go on trial with Two-Face as DA. Enjoyable.

World's Finest 269: The other reason I bought this book. Back when World's Finest contained about 5 stories (so this is a short story). Batman is buried alive and Superman and Robin look for him. A good story.

Batman Chronicles 8: I'd never seen this story and found it good.

Nightwing 52: I'm not sure why this was included. It is not the full story from that comic (the full story appears in Nightwing: On Razors Edge). The art is good, but really a waste of a few pages.

Overall the quality of the book is good. The paper is better than most of the original comics and the coloring looks good as well.

For the stories I liked, I gave it a 4 and ignored the stories that were just OK.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JD on July 20, 2010
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Although there are several theme-related stories here, the reason for getting this volume is for the story on the cover. It's a cool premise: It's 1978, and Batman has been killed under mysterious circumstances. Naturally practically everyone wants to take credit for killing him -- the phrase wasn't in existence at the time, but it would be "instant street cred"!

So the biggest underworld figures in Gotham City gather in a secluded country estate and hold ... a trial. Yes, in a comic perversion of the legal system they so despise, those who claim to have killed Batman will tell their story to a criminal courtroom, packed with costumed criminals, with a jury of them as well. It's presided over by that master of legal intricacies, Ra's a Ghul. Murmurs of approval ripple through the courtroom as the prosecutor steps forward -- Two-Face, former district attorney!

First Catwoman testifies -- everyone knows that she doesn't kill, which has kept her from becoming a major player. If she could take credit for this, she could recruit some of the finest talent around. Ah, but it's not meant to be. We also work our way through the testimonies of the Riddler, and a bit surprisingly, Lex Luthor -- and of course the Joker, with whom the story concludes.

Unfortunately, the actual execution of the story, so to speak ... isn't so great. It worked better in 1978, with a less demanding audience. Still, I certainly think it's an interesting concept, and it was one of the few batman stories in that era that spanned four consecutive issues. Why it's so obscure now, I don't know -- it was one of the biggest batman stories of the 70s!

How about having a 21st century version of the same story?! The same premise with contemporary art and storytelling would be epic. Anyone? Anyone??
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on October 4, 2009
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This volume of Batman reprints have stories regarding to Batman's death. Similar to Batman RIP.

The biggest problem I have in this collection is there are also two stories in this collection that are abridged from the original comic text. If I want an abridgement of the comic story, i can rip up a comic from my collectionm with a razor blade myself.

I usually buy a reprint collection to enjoy a grouping of comics in a similar theme (JLA Membership, Green Arrow/Black Canary wedding album, Bat Lash reprints, Superman and Flash racing stories, or a story arc of a book). To this end, it is what I requested when I buy reprints. However if the new trend is cut a story of two to fit it into a page count of a book...Please just do not put the story in is my suggestion.

The stock of the page is more newsprintee than a good stock, but the transfer and coloring is first rate. So this collection is a great keeper in any collection with minor imperfections

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve G. on September 28, 2009
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"The Strange Deaths of Batman" is a jumble of stories from different eras of the Batman's long career that are thinly linked by their central plot element: the Batman's (supposed) demise. Unfortunately, by and large the quality is not that good. They're mostly short stories that took up less than one full issue, resulting in rather abrupt and choppy pacing.

Things start out with a couple of stories from the light-hearted era of Batman that most readers today eschew. These are what used to be known as "imaginatary tales"--unlike the "real" stories takign place in mainstream comic continuity, these are just one-shot stories that mash the reset button when they're done. They both make use of lame, disposable villains and fail to deliver any real impact from Batman's death.

Following that is a Brave and the Bold story teaming the Atom with Batman in the weirdest sort of way. It takes more than a page or two from the film Fantastic Voyage, but that's one of the common directions for a shrinking superhero. It's a memorable, solid tale with great art by Jim Aparo. The main knock against it is that it's one of those stories that see a lot of reprint in compilations. I know I've got it in at least two other trade paperbacks I have.

The centerpiece of this haphazard pastiche is a tale from the "bronze age" of comics, when the medium had found all-too-brief equilibrium between targeting a large youth audience and telling an ambitious, memorable story. The story in question concerns a trial to settle a dispute between four arch-criminals who all claim to have killed the Batman. It's a decent yarn with some surprises and is the only tale that can even marginally justify the collection as a whole.
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