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Writer/artist Judd Winick has handled most every major character in the DC Universe including notable runs on GREEN LANTERN, GREEN ARROW, THE OUTSIDERS, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST and wrote the critically acclaimed animated feature BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD, based on his run on BATMAN. Winick came to national attention when appearing on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, his experienced inspired his memoir, the award-winning Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned. His most recent work includes BATWING and CATWOMAN.

Born in 1963 in the Year of the Rabbit, Doug Mahnke embarked on a love affair with comics at the age of five, having received a pile of Spider-Man issues from a rugby-playing college student named Mike who lived in his basement. A consistent interest in the medium, coupled with some art skill, landed Doug a job drawing comics for Dark Horse at the age of 24 (the date is known precisely, as it occurred just two weeks before he wed his lovely bride). His first gig was illustrating a moody detective one-shot entitled Homicide, written by John Arcudi. The two went on to collaborate on Dark Horse’s The Mask and their creator-owned series MAJOR BUMMER, originally published by DC. Since then Doug has worked on a wide variety of titles (including SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL, JLA, BATMAN, TEAM ZERO, SEVEN SOLDIERS: FRANKENSTEIN, BLACK ADAM: THE DARK AGE and STORMWATCH: P.H.D.) with such writers as Joe Kelly, Judd Winick, Chuck Dixon, Grant Morrison, Christos Gage and Ed Brubaker, just to name a few. He resides in the midwest with his wife and six kids, one dog, and a bunny named Suzie.

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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401231454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231453
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kori on September 27, 2011
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I ordered this book after seeing the movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, since I loved the movie and wanted a little more back story. And since I had seen the movie already, I knew, for the most part, how this story would progress. But I was extremely drawn in by this story and I read it in one sitting. And immediately re-read it.

This is an amazing story-well written, well drawn, well colored, well executed.

While I used to be an avid spend-every-Wednesday-at-the-comic-shop comic book reader, I honestly haven't picked up any comics in YEARS. That said, even for a out of the loop reader, I was really drawn in by this story and was able to easily follow along. And while there are things mentioned that were never explained in this book (how did Nightwing jack up his leg? Why can't they contact Barbara Gorden? etc.), there were more questions answered then not. And I appreciated cameos from familiar faces of some of the Justice League and rogue gallery villains throughout the book.

Also, the execution of Batman's confusion, conflict and mourning through the meat of the story is amazingly portrayed. I don't think anyone but this team of writers and illistrators could have done this as successfully.

Bottom line-this is a great book for any Batman fan to read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Beitler on January 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Title: Batman: Under the Red Hood
Publisher: DC
Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Paul Lee, Shane Davis, Eric Battle (pencils), Tom Nguyen, Cam Smith, Rodney Ramos, Wayne Faucher, Lary Strucker, Mark Morales (inks), Alex Sinclair (colors), Matt Wagner, Jock, Shane Davis (covers)
Collects: Batman #617-618, 635-641, 645-650, Batman Annual #25
Price: $29.99

My first experience with the character Red Hood actually came from watching the movie Batman: Under the Red Hood (Single-Disc Edition). The movie was quite good. It was definitely one of the better animated movies I have ever seen. After seeing the movie, I wanted to read the source material, so I picked up this book at the library. Very glad I did!

Though most of my favorite Batman tales are ones that take place out of regular continuity, this book is an exception. Fortunately, Judd Winick's writing is also an exception, when it comes to this book. I'd found most of his writing to be extremely average. In the case of this book, however, Winick's writing is nothing short of exceptional. Given the circumstances of the set-up behind this story and the weird explanations behind the changes in the DC universe that were taking place at the time, it's pretty significant that Winick was able to craft such a great story. This story took place shortly after the DC event Infinite Crisis - a mess of an event if there ever was one. For anyone who missed that, you really didn't miss much!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Slim Cat on September 9, 2011
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When I first read this story, in the two separate trades, I had little appreciation for the history and what was being brought to the table. Having gotten this wonderfully put together full collection, I love this story more than ever. Judd Winick does a great job of writing this intense drama for the Dark knight, which shoves one of his greatest failures in his face. Judd is also great with characterization, dealing with the Batman, Red Hood, Alfred, Nightwing, Black Mask, the Joker, and their interactions together. The artwork is also top notch. This one is hard to put down as the writing and art just kept me engrossed in such a heart-breaking tale. This collection even has a nice little bonus at the end of having the section from Jeph Loeb/Jim Lee's Hush storyline, where "the Red Hood" makes his first appearance. The only complaints I have, and are minor, and don't detract a star here but I would give this one a 9 out of 10, is the cheesy silver age portrayal of Mr. Freeze. He's the deranged mad scientist stereotype in this, not the complex more interesting emotional damaged empathetic character that Batman the Animated Series turned him into. And of course, the initial reason for "the Red Hood's" return with a lame Infinite Crises tie-in (although on second reading it's not as bad). All in all a great modern Batman story worthy of anyone looking for a great read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brett Grimes on February 5, 2013
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Winick has grand ambitions. While at times repetitive in setup and execution, these stories have a rapid pace, exciting action, great dialogue, and introduce Gotham to a fascinating new character.

But the shine comes off in the later issues when a character poses a question to Batman that the author himself can't answer. Without spoiling an otherwise emotional scene, Batman comes off as needlessly stubborn and honestly poorly written.

The book also ends in a cliffhanger that was never resolved due to the One Year Later event and 52 series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BatmanLover999 on October 5, 2012
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First and foremost, I wasn't exactly broken up when the Joker murdered Jason Todd. I found him an extremely unlikeable Robin. So with that being said, I wasn't so sure I would like this at all.

But I loved this! Jason Todd as the Red Hood is an extremely likeable character! In fact I loved him!! All the qualities that made him an obnoxious Robin, worked for him in this story. I never thought I would see the day where I not only liked Jason Todd, but also felt for him and empathized with him. This story is incredibly well written!!

I loved watching someone screw over Black Mask, because I often get so sick of him and I loved the dialogue so much!! The scene with Joker, Batman and Jason goes down as one of my all time favorite moments ever!!

I am now happy to say one of my least favorite characters has been made into one of my favorites :) Definitely worth owning, and definitely one you will want to read again :)
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