- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (April 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401212816
- ISBN-13: 978-1401212810
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batman and the Mad Monk Paperback – April 7, 2007
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The follow-up to Batman and the Monster Men (2006) is, like its predecessor, set in the first years of the Caped Crusader's crime-fighting career. When Gotham City's police force, led by a young Captain Gordon, find a series of bodies drained of blood, Batman's search for the serial killer leads to a cult led by a charismatic figure clad in a red monk's robe, who has targeted Bruce Wayne's girlfriend as his next victim. The story updates a 1939 original and captures the flavor of thirties pulp magazines. Wagner's bold, economical drawing style and dynamic layouts make it a tale worth retelling. Flagg, Gordon
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Wagner's adaptation keeps a lot of it, albeit, not the giant ape, and adds a cult of villainous followers and a bit of mystery as to the true nature of the villain. He also carries over some subplots from his adaptation of the "Monster Men," and the characterizations of the main characters is spot on, but, in stretching out the tale, the conclusion was not as satisfying as it should have been. Still, Wagner's Batman, story and art, is better than most, so some of my disappointment in this book comes from my elevated expectations.
There's two main story arcs carried over from Monster Men: Bruce's love interest, Julie Madison (who plays an essential role in this one) and her father's involvement with the mob (and obsession with "The Bat-Man") is more of a side story, but, again, an essential one for the ending of the story. Oh, and there's also more great dialogue between Batman and Gordon. - This being a story that takes place during the first year or so of Batman's career, there's lots of fun bits for Bat-fans about Batman's future (with Gordon and other villains, also).
The new story about the Monk is done well enough (and I'm not a big fan of vampire stories), but with a more satisfying climax than I could have imagined, personally. In fact, it was rather refreshing, considering how most of Batman's villains are forced to end their reign of terror.
Bottom Line: If you read/own Batman and the Monster Men, this is must read/own as well.
It's brilliant. I don't know for sure, but I suspect it's in part a retelling of a classic Batman story (as Monster Men was). Julie Madison is a character from Batman's past, and I wouldn't be surprised if the "Mad Monk" was as well.
The story tells of Batman's first encounter with a possibly supernatural enemy. As Monster Men told of Batman's encounter with an impossible sci-fi type of foe.
Both these books go exquisitely with Frank Miller's Batman: Year One and are probably the best year one-and-a-half stories in print.
Even more amazing is the fact that Wagner not only spun this fantastic yarn but drew it beautifully as well. I've got all the respect in the world for a creator who is that talented. The art is a visual feast, and there's something about the colors that just haunted me (excuse the pun).
I can't really imagine loving Batman and not loving this book. I hope and pray Wagner does more Batman soon.