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All the greats have to face it eventually and at the end of DC’s latest epoch-shattering event Final Crisis, it was Batman’s turn to “die.” Gotham City’s various do-gooders and goons scramble to either fill or exploit the void, but the focus here is on Nightwing’s showdown with the psychopath who’s claimed the coveted cowl. Relative newcomer Daniel supplies art from the Jim Lee school of sinew and scowl, and applies atmospheric shadows in all the right places. His writing doesn’t add anything surprising to the characters’ psyches, but does admirably balance the chaos, setting up the Batman universe’s new status quo. Grades 10-12. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tony Daniel is the regular penciller of Teen Titans; he has also drawn Superman, X-Force and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401224172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401224172
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I loved this graphic novel--at least the first three chapters. (The last two are taken from a different perspective in the aftermath of Batman's "death" including Harvey Bullock and Vicki Vale--I didn't care for the artwork of those last two chapters and wasn't interested enough to do more than skim through the story.)

The Battle for the Cowl is a three issue story focusing on Dick Grayson. I disagreed with other reviewers. It was fun and action-packed and seemed to open up storylines for other Batman titles. SPOILER (if you haven't figured it out already): It does a great job of showing how Dick claims the mantle--and that he is the only one worthy of it.

I also loved the art. I have seen Daniel's work in Teen Titans, but this is even better. (Maybe because Dick Grayson is my favorite DC character.)

I borrowed this from the library but hope to purchase it soon--that's how good it is.
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By Jon Repesh on November 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Battle for the Cowl kindles so many questions, yet provides so few answers. Who is the new Black Mask? Why make Jason Todd a killer? Why was Tony Daniel, known mainly as an artist, chosen to write such a critical series? And the most daunting question of all, why allegedly kill off and replace Bruce Wayne at arguably the apex of his legendary career? Regarding Black Mask's identity, Orpheus perhaps, though the logic behind that is admittedly dubious. As for Jason Todd, after his cleverly conceived depiction as a bitter yet believable anti-hero in the Under the Hood storyline, DC never did know how to utilize him, with his exaggerated characterization here being a prime example, which leaves no avenue for turning back. For some this may not be a concern, for others it negates any future possibilities of using him in a more coherent manner. His portrayal and most of the plot were seemingly editorially mandated, leaving the eventual writer with little room for maneuvering, enter Tony Daniel. Many people questioned the decision to use a relative writing novice to pen this important story. There's no debating the quality of his illustrations, which are some of the finest of his career, but the real revelation is his sharp and engaging writing, all while constrained within the context of a preordained outcome. And speaking of that outcome, after the monstrous popularity of the Dark Knight movie, one has to seriously question DC's judgment in choosing this particular time, or any time for that matter, to turn Batman, arguably the biggest comic personality in the history of the medium, into that bane of comicdom, a legacy character. All this does is divide and alienate an already fractured and dwindling fan base, a pestilence that plagues followers of Green Lantern and presently Flash.Read more ›
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In the wake of R.I.P. and Final Crisis, Bruce Wayne is gone, and Gotham City has dissolved into chaos.

Nightwing and his allies do their best to restore order, but it isn't enough.

In order to save Gotham, a new Batman must appear!
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I really enjoyed this title. Picks up where the events of Final Crisis leaves off. Should really read the whole "Batman R.I.P." story arc too (with Batman & Son/The Black Glove setup)
*Spoilers ahead -- you've been warned**

With Batman presumed dead, his allies are working to keep Gotham safe amid growing new threats who realize Batman isn't around.
This story centers around members of the Bat family realizing that even in the absence of Bruce Wayne, Gotham needs Batman as a symbol. Really interesting to see how characters like Tim Drake and Dick Grayson deal with the realization that their personas alone may not be enough to get Gotham back on track.
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This was an amazing story, and the title is a good fit. It was the battle for the cowl, but it was only really about the cowl for Tim Drake and Jason Todd. The actual heir to the cowl doesn't take up the mantel of the bat until the smoke clears. The story was really just the road to how we got from Bruce Wayne "dying" and Nightwing picking it up, but wow, what a story. Jason Todd has went clear off his rocker and why, why doesn't Dick Grayson want the cowl, who is the master mind to this third party gang war on Two Face and the Penguin, and who will Gotham look to for her protector? These questions will only be answered within these pages. The artwork alone is worth picking up this book, but the story will draw you in.
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The artwork is amazing throughout and this is a very original story for Batman. It calls in the full roster of Batman related heroes and villains but never feels forced or over saturated. This book leads perfectly into the 2009 series of Batman and Robin.
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I didn't really care for this. It wasn't interesting to me. Nor did it leave me anxious to continue to read. I just wanted to hurry and read it so I could be done with it. I am a big fan of Jason Todd, especially as Red Hood. Mainly as Red Hood. I just didn't like the way they portrayed him in here. Yes, he crosses the line. Yes he kills, but he doesn't just kill to kill. He kills the "bad guys." He does what Batman won't. I just don't and can't see him being as evil or bad as they portray him here. I didn't like it.
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