- Comic: 96 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (July 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156389632X
- ISBN-13: 978-1563896323
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,485,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batman: The Chalice Comic – July 1, 2000
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Bruce Wayne receives a mysterious package that seems to contain the cup from which Jesus took His last supper. Lots of groups are interested in obtaining it. Batman makes a tough decision to secure it in an interesting fashion. The end.
Really. That's about it.
The story progresses at a cinematic pace. Batman battles Two-Face, and is injured in the conflict. Then we learn that Bruce Wayne has an ancestral responsibility for keeping the Holy Grail. We learn that the cup is genuine when Batman demonstrates its "supernatural" powers by using it to heal his wound. From there, the story is set up as an epic stuggle between Batman and all the forces aligned against him. The Merivingian brotherhood, Ra's al Ghul, Catwoman and Penguin are all interested in the artifact at different times to differing degrees.
Azrael puts in an appearance that makes sense given the subject matter of this book. Batman has a wonderful three page scene in Commissioner Gordon's office, where Gordon is actually credited for being as sharp as he'd need to be to have risen to the position he holds. Batman "appears" in Gordon's office, but doesn't surprise the Commissioner, who senses the change in pressure in the room.Read more ›
It is. It could have been in this book. But with the ball so miserably dropped, a concept with much potential quickly went nowhere.
Basically what the story boils down to is this: Batman is entrusted with the Grail (because he has some kind of "blood duty" to take on the responsibility, an idea that I just can't suspend disbelief enough to accept) and protects it from the myriad of baddies out to steal it for various (and sometimes unexplained) reasons. Batman kicks the collective fanny of said baddies, then secures the Grail in an unexpected (but was it, REALLY?) fashion. Ho hum.
That said, the book has its merits, the biggest one being the dreamy, luscious artwork. If you can be swayed to buy a graphic novel for its art alone, this is definitely one to consider. It also contains one of the hunkiest depictions of Bruce Wayne that I've ever seen (yow!).
In short: a great idea that falls flat amid lots of gorgeous pictures.
The art is completely well done using diffrent schemes to convey moods and backdrops. This, along with well written lines that are easily read and followed.
Continue on with Batman's nemisis in The Birth, The son and the Bride of the demon. None will dissappoint. All will intrigue and encourage you to really drink from the cup of living water.
While one reviewer mistakingly asserts religion should not be in comics (after all, religion is such an importnat part of peoples lives, it is hard to imagine that these characters should not be developed likewise), I disagree, it is that unlike Miller's Daredevil, where religion is dealt with on a somewhat real level, this comic is more interested in "Indiana Jones" type serial comic action than dealing with real questions with possible answers.
I, however, still found the story enjoyable. Batman learns that he is to protect the Holy Grail (the bloodline obligation story is weak as another reviewer noted) and does his best to do so. The grail heals him when he takes a step in faith after being wounded, and he proposes to Batgirl/Oracle that the grail can restore her as well - she lacks faith and turns down the opprotunity. This should have been fleshed out more and could have been a compelling story - why some take the step toward faith, and others do not.
The artwork is good, but not oustanding or compelling. The story too short, but the ending is outstanding and allows the reader to see Batman for who he is - a man who will never give up, but also one who will submit his ego for the good of all, for he knows his strengths and his limitations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bruce Wayne discovers he is descended from the line of Gawain, and, presto, the Holy Grail comes to Gotham. Read morePublished on December 19, 2008 by Jared
Batman finds himself in the position of being the protector of the fabled Holy Grail. An intriguing concept, but, as some of the other reviews here state, this graphic novel is... Read morePublished on February 1, 2001 by johnglor94