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All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder, Vol. 1 Hardcover – July 8, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Miller, the man who kicked off the grim and gritty era of superhero comics with the 1986 Batman tale The Dark Knight Returns, returns to write the iconic character once again in a series that takes the tropes of superhero excess and explodes them into satire. Miller casts Batman as an obsessive lunatic who enlists traumatized children into his war on crime, calls himself the goddamn Batman and is prone to cackling maniacally. Sex and violence are constant preoccupations, but even during sex scenes, Miller can hardly keep a straight face. After a shared rampage against corrupt cops that includes the interjection, Eat glass, lawman! Batman and heroine Black Canary celebrate with an intimate encounter on a burning pier during a lightning storm. Although the bombastic, repetitive narration and decompressed storytelling (two and a half issues pass before Batman and Robin leave the Batmobile) often borders on hilarious, Miller aims for more obvious jokes later in the series. It's an over the top in-joke for the superhero crowd, though its irreverence may not have the most zealous and serious superhero fans laughing. (June)
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Miller returns to the character he so audaciously reinterpreted in the groundbreaking The Dark Knight Returns (1987). His Batman is again a genuinely nasty, borderline-psychotic piece of work; here, however, Miller mitigates the character’s vicious sadism through the use of thought-captions revealing unspoken reservations about the course his war against crime has taken. Set in the early years of Batman’s career, the tale sees him groom 12-year-old aerialist Dick Grayson as a sidekick after the senior Flying Graysons are murdered. Once Robin’s on board, the story line meanders, growing ever more extreme and skirting silliness as Miller introduces his irreverent versions of Superman, Wonder Woman, and other Justice Leaguers. This time out, drawing duties are assumed by Jim Lee, whose admittedly gorgeous but ultimately shallow approach substitutes overrendered flash for the thoughtful economy and innovative storytelling techniques Miller used in Dark Knight. Controversial among fans and not nearly as artistically successful as its companion, Grant Morrison’s All Star Superman, Miller’s new Batman still has been DC’s top seller of late, guaranteeing this compilation an eager audience. --Gordon Flagg
Top customer reviews
Jim Gordon learns his wife has been in an accident, due to her alcoholism. At the same time his daughter, dressed as Batgirl, is fighting crime. Black Canary robs a group of snuff film makers and proceeds to set them on fire. Batgirl is later arrested, and Jim is shown to be deeply depressed when he calls his former lover Sarah at the suggestion of his daughter."
None of this is in the Kindle edition. Apparently, they just left the last issue out of this version.
This is one of those runs which people eiher love or hate. Personally, I loved it. I particularly enjoyed seeing Alfred recive more attantion and spot light than usual, as he is portrayed as a hero in his own right and not just Batman's helper and counter balance. Plasticman was also a welcome suprise, as were the primary members of the justice league.
Having read TDKR sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes, I felt I was a full fledge Batfan and then I read this book.
Jim Lee's art has always amazed me in the almost 30 years I've admired him, but he was the wrong artist for this book. It's hard to keep up at times with his story and the art.
I feel I wasted money on this collection.
Now that we're clear... I liked this book a lot!. Is incredible how everybody here is SO different to what we are normally used to. 99% of this book is played by Marv (Sin City's character) wearing the cape and cowl. You see Marv's attitud, lines and behavior until almost the end in which the character seems to wake up from a dream and say "I'm doing good but the wrong way", and that's when the real Batman appears. If you don't understand anything I just said, then it's ok (hehe).
Funny how Batman laughs "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA" while the Joker doesn't even show a grin. Hal jordan is dumb as a shoe, Superman have anger management issues, Wonder Woman is an active man-hater feminist... you name it... everything here is different. BUT it really doesn't bother me at all because is all "part of the plan" (or at least I hope so).
More than a Batman story I like to think this is the story that explain Dick Grayson in Dark Knight Strikes Again, and several other topics. I had this volume on 2008 but I give it away because I thought there was not going to be a sequel, but when I learn that Miller + Lee will be returning to the story on February 2011 I just had to get it again, and I did!.
I can't wait for the second volume since the first one ended on such of great way. I really hope the new book involve more character development and a great mistery tale on why Dick Grayson's parents were killed.
By the way, even when I enjoy the story that much, I took out one star because of the lazy writting Miller put on the first chapters of the book. Every character repeat EVERYTHING twice or even more times: "This is crazy. This is crazy. This is crazy as hell. This is crazy". Besides this the book was fun to read and watch. Jim Lee's work is STUNNING as usual. He makes a great combination between his Batman (Hush Batman) and Miller's Batman. Just brilliant.