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Batman: Thrillkiller (Batgirl, Robin) Comic – October 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Comic: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563894246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563894244
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on June 29, 2006
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For some members of the Batman fan base, the 1960s will always be linked to the image of Adam West camping it up in tights against an array of colorful foes. Writer Howard Chaykin reclaims a bit of the Batman legacy from that decade with "Thrillkiller," a lushly, darkly painted Elseworlds story that offers an entirely new stamp on the story.

In "Thrillkiller," Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered in his childhood, but their debts left him penniless. Without the Wayne resources at his disposal, his vendetta against crime took a different route, and now -- 1961 -- he works as a police detective on the Gotham P.D. Police Commissioner Gordon's estranged daughter Barbara -- herself an heiress on her late mother's side -- has purchased Wayne Manor, and from there she and her boyfriend Richart "Dick Grayson" Graustark operate as Batgirl and Robin. They are cool but flashy, and they wield beatnik aggression against foes that resemble but are still quite different from the usual Batman gallery of rogues -- a green-haired, pale-skinned woman, a crooked cop with scars marring one side of his face, a scaly-skinned hoodlum.

Colorful bad guys notwithstanding, the world of "Thrillkiller" is a dangerous place to operate, and our heroes don't always dance blithely out of harm's way. And, as you'd expect, Batman too makes an appearance before this tale is done.

The story by Chaykin is tight, exciting and appropriate to the era. The painted art by Dan Brereton is a suitable vehicle for the story, matching the early '60s atmosphere and giving the main characters the rugged good looks of teen idols of the day. Action is a bit wooden, looking at times more posed than kinetic, but that never interferes with the story's flow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd M. Barty on January 4, 2010
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Thrillkiller is a delightfully retro, dark and gripping retelling of the Dark Knight mythos.
Bruce Wayne is an industrious detective, working with Gordon against a corrupt police force in a town of satiated, thrill seeking new aristocracy that ignores the crime that plagues the city beneath their noses. Onto the scene burts Batgirl and and Robin -really Gordon's estranged daughter Barbara - a wealthy heiress, and her boyfriend Dick Grayson. These vigilantes first battle Gordon and Wayne, before teeming with them to bring down Bianca Steeplechase - a sinister female Joker who manipulates both the underworld and the civic authorities.
Thrillkiller '69, the included sequel, deals with Wayne's transformation into the Dark Knight as he joins and takes over Barbara Gordon's crusade.
Many other Bat-cast-members are here, though in different forms, including Two-Face, Killer Ctoc, Harley-Quinn, Catwoman and the Black Canary.
The story is consistently compelling and visually stunning. The four heroes are consistently sympathetic and tragic figures, while the female Joker is a genuinely chilling presence.
One could easily hope for more of this series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gotham Night on August 6, 2006
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This is an Elseworlds Batman story. I bought part one of this graphic novel as a comic book which I purchased from a craft store that was selling old comic books from an estate sale for 50 cents each. I loved the artwork and was very intrigued by the beginning of this story and therefore was very happy to eventually find the complete graphic novel for sale. Well, the ensuing chapters proved to be a bit of a letdown. To give you an idea, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) is Batman at first, in a manner of speaking, and Dick Grayson is still Robin. Barbara bought Wayne Manor and she and Dick live there because Bruce couldn't afford the place after his parents were murdered. Bruce is now a cop working under Jim Gordon and he's basically penniless. Barbara and Jim are very much at odds with each other ever since the death of Jim's wife. He wanted Bruce and Barbara to get together, but Barbara loved the younger Dick Grayson, whom she met after trying out for the circus (seriously). As for the other characters, the Joker character has been replaced by Bianca Steeplechase, looking disturbingly like Joan Crawford with green hair. Dinah is here for some reason portraying the wife of a murdered cop (no Ollie in sight, her husband's name is Lance), and she and Bruce have an affair accompanied by some of the corniest narrative I've ever read ("They're weak...emotionally bruised...unprepared...He wants her...She wants him...") Yeah, you get the picture. Selina Kyle makes a brief appearance as a pole dancer until she gets murdered. Dick gets murdered by Bianca Steeplechase. In her grief, Barbara cuts her hair like Dick's and dons his costume. Harley Quinn even makes an appearance as a young woman named Hayley who falls in love with Bianca Steeplechase. Whatever.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MISTER SJEM on November 20, 2012
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Bruce Wayne doesn't start as Batman in this alternative version of the Batman mythology set in the 1960s. That's right. The Wayne Family lost it all in the Great Depression and Barbara Gordon, a trust fund baby through the death of her mother, purchases Wayne Manor to fight a life of crime. She picks up Dick Grayson as her Robin and lover and meanwhile Wayne is just some detective working for Gordon. The joker is a female and Two-Face works for her. The Riddler is not the Riddler but just a shrink to Barbara Gordon.
A host of other known characters show up in their own variations. Look for them.

The story was somewhat good to good with funky artwork that sometimes did not work for me, especially when characters were leaving scenes as it looked goofy. I felt there were some very interesting possibilities here but not fully mined. There's a definite nod to the 60s teenage idols as well as to JFK and all the possibilities.

The characters were the best part of this piece.

Wiki sources claim this is an alternate Earth a la Earth-37.

Written by Howard Chaykin and artwork by Dan Brereton.

ARTWORK PRESENTATION: C plus to B minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B to B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B minus to B; BATMAN MYTHOLOGY/FOCUSES: B to B plus; WHEN READ: early to mid November 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B.

SPOILER: killing the female Joker was the right idea.
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