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The Batman in Nine Lives: An Elseworlds Production Paperback – August 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563899795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563899799
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Batman: Nine Lives is a DC Comics production from the Elseworlds line. Elseworlds takes superhero characters and tears them from their familiar continuity and places them in "what if" situations. This particular graphic novel presupposes that Bruce Wayne and his contemporaries are living their lives back in the 1940s (which is how it originally started anyway). The impetus of the storyline is the murder of the promiscuous, Kit Kat club manager Selina Kyle. Selina, it seems, has been privy to dangerous secrets, and her death results in a whirlwind of furious activity from the underworld denizens. Now, Batman must chase down treacherous clues and doggedly track down the killer. But even for the Caped Crusader, it won't be easy.

Batman - a down and dirty urban crimefighter - has always resided on the outskirts of the film noir genre. Only now, the creative talents have deliberately mined film noir in crafting this gritty pastiche. A profusion of dark colors are utilized, and much is drawn in shadow, to accentuate the bleak moods of the story, with the flashback sequences done in somber red/burnt umber tones. To quote writer Dean Motter: "Each page will be against a black surround to create the ambiance of a darkened movie theatre." Dean Motter and Michael Lark unfold a mystery that pays homage to film noir gems such as Out of the Past, D.O.A. and The Narrow Margin. The writing is accordingly lean and hardboiled, and the images are stark and stylishly, simplisticly rendered, somewhat recalling to mind the wonderful art of David Mazzucchelli from Batman: Year One. Other than Bats himself, there's nary a whiff of the superhero elements. This actually is more reminiscent of the Shadow and Spider pulp novels of yesteryear.
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Batman, noir, 1940s an different takes on established characters. Really enjoyed this. Art is great. Also enjoyed the versions of Riddler an Joker...similar but different. Ending didn't hold up as well as the rest of the story but still a great read nonetheless. One of my top 10 batman graphic novels? No, but a great addition to my collection. Came in like new condition. They really packaged it nice so it wouldn't get damaged.
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Good read and a great one-off story. Wish there was more in this style with these character variations to read.
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By Nicolas on November 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Perrfect
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