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Batman: Under the Red Hood Paperback – August 30, 2011
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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!Read more ›
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.
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 :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Batman Under The Red Hood is one of my all time favorite Bat books, which touches, and even follows the events of Death In The Family, and Hush. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Brian Childers
love reading it so much that i'm reading it a second time :3Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a fan of the batman family and the Under the Red Hood movie this was a 'must read' for me and I was not disappointed. The action was awesome and the art was beautiful.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Saw the movie. Loved it. I love the red hood as a character. After reading this I realized that not only was the movie very close to the book (utilizing many word for word quotes... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicholas Figueroa
I enjoyed every chapter in this book and have read it multiple times. My favorite thing has to be Black Masks' panels filled with angry outbursts that had me laughing till i cried. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Was driven to watch the movie after reading this. Both are just as awesome!Published 3 months ago by Edward Nummer