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Product Details

  • Series: Legends of the Dark Knight
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401236812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401236816
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

British comics artist Alan Davis made his name on series like D.R. AND QUINCH before moving to American comics with BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS. After a run on DETECTIVE COMICS, David moved to Marvel Comics, where he drew THE AVENGERS, KILLRAVEN, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR and more.

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The stories hold up as well today, and this is a must-have volume for any Batman fan.
A. KAPLAN
Anyway it's nicely presented and i love everything Batman so i'm quite happy i suppose one of this days i'll have enough time to sit down and read it.
beatlesexpert
It's a terrific series that also includes volumes featuring artists such as Marshall Rogers, Don Newton and the supreme Batman artist, Jim Aparo.
David Keith

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo B. Fischer on July 28, 2013
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I place the Alan Davies/Mike Barr duo along with that of Brian Bolland/Alan Moore, or Frank Miller/David Mazzuchelli. You know, it just clicks - a great story paired with great artwork.

Barr's stories are not only your commom hack and slash hero-type-beats-a-criminal. There is depth, absolute great character interaction when Gotham comes to life in the shape of Gothamites, bar owners and prostitutes.

The artwork does it for me too: from facial expressions to body movement and sequencing skills, Davis' art has it all.

My gripes:

The one star coloring follows what seems to be a trend in Comics industry these days: the use of flashy colors, from only about half a dozen colors' palette!

It has been badly redone. There is no more blood in some panels, the bat-signal is distorted in the clouds (when it wasn't) and colors once natural, for instance yellow lamp light, turned into unrealistic blues or greys and what else. Reflected light from lamp posts on characters exist no more (see pictures).

"Year Two" is not complete (as expected, I guess), for only 1/3 of the artwork is by Alan Davies and 2/3 by Todd Mcfarlane, so the whole Batman/Joe Chill team up part is missing.

"Full Circle" is blessedly reprinted just like the original 90's TP.

These terrific stories were published in ordinary monthly titles, and such quality arc in a regular series was never to be seen again (IMHO). Despite the lousy job (lazy job?) done in this collection, I look forward to purchasing the second volume, another set of stories to be cherished I'm sure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth D. Kellogg on July 25, 2013
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My travels through comic book titles has always been guided by artists. John Byrne, Mike Mignola, George Perez, and so on. My first favorite Batman artists were Marshall Rogers and Neal Adams. Then there was the Dark Knight series and everything was looking very moody and darker than ever. When Alan Davis came on board he brought all the fun stuff back from the past with just a little edge to it. The books are really good and fast-paced, like nearly everything Alan does. His X-men stuff is awesome and the way he draws women is super sexy.
I wish they had include the Alan Davis run of Batman and the Outsiders, which is also really good. I hope that collection comes out soon.

P.S. After rereading these stories I noticed something interesting. This was the turbulent times of the Jason Todd Robin. And you will find that he makes so many near-death mistakes that it seemed that DC had planned to kill him off long before other artists took over.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Keith on February 24, 2013
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Congrats to Alan Davis and crew for landing the first volume of this series of hardcover Batman books onto the NYT Bestseller list! It's a terrific series that also includes volumes featuring artists such as Marshall Rogers, Don Newton and the supreme Batman artist, Jim Aparo.

This latest volume was delayed many months by a printing error that left out several pages from the end, so that run had to be recalled and trashed. Now, it's finally here in perfect form. And what a treat it is. Alan Davis is one of the best artists working today. He's famed for the instant modern classics, JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA: THE NAIL (and it's sublime sequel) and the magnificent SUPERBOY'S LEGION. Davis has done lovely work on just about every character from both Marvel and DC and has created a few of his own characters. He's been in the business since the 80s, I think. And struck early gold with Captain Britian and Excalibur.

In this collection we have the classic mold Batman stories that you just don't see produced today. It's a page-turning read. Easy to get into and contains complete stories. Perfect for the die hard fan and the very casual Batman reader as well. I'm delighted with this book and delighted with it's success. Can't wait for the next volume in the series, the Archie Goodwin collection! I can't recommend this book (and this series) enough. This book belongs in the collection of every Bat-fan, of any age.

Also of note, DC Comics has just started a similar Superman series with a wonderful volume dedicated to Gil Kane's 80's stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beatlesexpert on May 12, 2013
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C'mon it's Alan Davis. The stories are mostly complete and ad a coherent atmosphere to the whole book. Already got all of them and i wasn't thrilled with Rogers or Aparo's editions because the stories were not complete and there's no intro or nothing. Anyway it's nicely presented and i love everything Batman so i'm quite happy i suppose one of this days i'll have enough time to sit down and read it.
The drawings are top notch (better tan the stories themselves); remember when buying this books: you buy them to see the artists'rendition of The Batman and not complete stories. If you agree to this, then this are your books.
All are recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. KAPLAN on May 23, 2013
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This book collects my personal favorite run of Batman stories. In these pages, writer Mike W. Barr and artist Alan Davis successfully meld the darker, more serious tone of the early 40s/70s/80s Batman stories with the lighter, more fun stories from the late 40s and 50s. There are serious, grim, dramatic moments side by side with colorful, larger than life plots and villains, wacky puns, and fights involving giant props. Barr's stories perfectly fuse these elements together, without the juxtaposition ever feeling awkward or jarring. He presents a Batman who genuinely cares about the young boy he has taken under his wing, not treating him--as in more contemporary versions of the character--as just another interchangeable soldier in his war against crime.

The art, by Alan Davis and inkers Paul Neary and Mark Farmer, is gorgeous. As with the writing, the art somehow combines the realistic work of Neal Adams and Jim Aparo with the more expressionistic style of Dick Spring, feeling bright and energetic at the same time it feels dramatic and moody. Davis is equally adept at acting and facial expression as he is dynamic action, making him the perfect Batman artist. It's a shame that editorial differences drove him off this series after such a short run.

It's an even bigger shame that he left after completing only one chapter of the Batman Year Two story. Because this book collects exclusively Alan Davis issues, only that first chapter is reprinted in this volume. While the complete story (finished by artist Todd MacFarlane before he became a superstar) is available elsewhere, fans should be aware that this artist-centric collection does not contain those other issues.
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