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This book is the start of a three-part descent into hell and oblivion, with much angst and pathos (and blood) along the way. While the last installment, "Crimson Mist" (think "Alien 3" as far as depressing goes), wraps this up pretty well, "Red Rain" and "Bloodstorm" are my personal favorites.
"Red Rain" sets up the storyline, bringing the Dark Knight from his usual stomping grounds (and reality) into a world where, (to quote "Bloodstorm"), deduction has become meaningless, for the rules are now random. This book focuses on the sacrifices of Bruce Wayne for his beloved Gotham City. [The second book focuses on the Batman's sacrifices for Gotham, and the third book focuses on the sacrifices of those who love Batman for the sake of Gotham].
Some complain this book is boring; I disagree. Since we are at the beginning of the trilogy, Batman is all cool calm and control, even with those bat-wings and eventually fangs. It is the beginning of Batman becoming his own namesake, a true "Bat-man" who is the ultimate nightmare form of the Dark Knight ...incarnate. We get to watch him be stripped of his cool calm, his reason and deduction, his belief in "how the world is," his house, wealth, fortune, life, and even his humanity ...yet he continues the fight, altered as he is, holding fast to his ideals even as he continues to become something he doesn't recognize anymore.
Tell me that Batman doesn't seem like a man pretending to be a creature of the night, a vampire who doesn't kill. Well here, he becomes what he pretends to be. Onward to the second book to determine what happens when we become what we have so long pretended to be!Read more ›
Wow. That was the word that came out of my mouth as I finished this book. It is just one of the very few graphic novels that really get you thinking and pondering about the plotline and gets you emotionally attached to the characters in a way so heartfelt. In my opinion, I found all three collected stories in this book to be amazing! Each one of them took a different original approach to Batman and Vampires. The first book "Red Rain", is the introduction obviously to the whole Batman and Vampires thing, and when I finished reading it, I expected to love it the most out of three, as it was so good, but I read on, I found that the plotlines that were building on what occurred in Red Rain get better. So "Red Rain" is an amazing "origin" story, if you will. The second book "Bloodstorm" features the Joker, and I think without him, the book would have had a big hole to fill, because the Joker was used perfectly, and I appreciated not including him in the first book int he first place just to sell more copies. They used him rather adequately for a certain point in Batman's phase. I was skeptical about the third and final book "Crimson Mist" before reading it, because of how things ended in the second book, as I didn't know what further they could do. But they did. And they did it perfectly. It was really something that I could call 'poetic' because it really does as it provides an inspired conclusion that really goes full circle as it integrates events from the first and second book perfectly to create the perfect ending to this astonishing saga. Personally, I thought the third story is really what gave this book its fifth star, as I can see that the author has really poured his heart in his work and did a great job in completing this saga. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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It's always fun for me (being a Batman fan) to read an Elseworlds book. Elseworlds is when the writer takes Batman out of his usual universe and puts him in an alternate one that has no bearing on the Batman history timeline. In this case Batman is a Vampire.
I won't give away any spoilers. This book was a GREAT view of how Batman would act as a vampire. The writer new what he was doing and what he wanted to get out of it. I was afraid the writers would dumb down the vampire mythology by making them too "Disney" but my fears were soon laid to rest...basically, this ain't Twilight. If I read a vampire book (which I don't often do) I want to get vampire action/violence and this book did not disappoint. The first part contained mature violence, the second part contained more, and the third part was an all out vampire-fest. It was ALOT more violent than I was expecting. I'm not one who thrives on violence but it was nice to see vampires being true to their nature.
The art was EXCELLENT! The best part about the art was Batman. This was one of the coolest Batman characters I've ever seen. Of course I wouldn't always want him looking like this, but for this book it couldn't get more perfect. I loved his cape, it was simply spectacular. The villains were also well drawn. If I were to say anything bad about the art, I would say they could have made Alfred better. His face seemed too fat. Alfred usually had a slim face but in this book he has fat cheeks which bugged me at first but I got used to it over time. My absolute favorite page was the very last one (no peeking till you get there!). If you aren't a Batman fan and haven't read much Batman then the last page won't mean that much to you. Though, for a Batman fan the last page was breath taking.Read more ›
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