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Batman: Ego and Other Tails Hardcover – June 6, 2007

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Before embarking on the epochal New Frontier, Cooke wrote and drew several Batman stories, notably Ego, Cooke's first published comics story other than one apprentice effort. It remains a stunning debut, a psychologically loaded tale in which Bruce Wayne confronts his innermost fears in the form of a grotesque embodiment of his costumed alter ego. Even this early in his career, Cooke's striking style, made up of dynamically simple drawings, cinematic compositions, and noirish lighting effects, is fully formed. Besides Ego and a handful of shorter stories featuring the Caped Crusader, this collection includes the Catwoman graphic novel Selina's Big Score (2003), in which that villainess attempts a final heist before her reinvention as a vigilante defending the downtrodden. Its presence here might be questioned, for nowhere is Batman to be found in it, yet it's so impressive—the high-water mark of Cooke's pre–New Frontier career—that it's petty to quibble. The many fans Cooke has acquired since these stories first appeared will seize the chance to read these early efforts. Flagg, Gordon

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (June 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401215297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401215293
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This hardcover collect two excellent graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke, Batman: Ego and Catwoman: Selina's Big Score, as well as some short stories also by Mr. Cooke.
Batman:Ego was published in 2000 as a 64 page graphic novel, but finally gets the hardcover treatment it deserves, while the Catwoman tale, which was an original hardcover, crops up again in the same format. Both tales feature fast paced writing coupled with a fantastic art style which harkens back to Batman the Animated series (for which Darwin was one of the designers) but with more of a noirish edge, so don't let the streamlined style fool you into thinking these stories are for all ages or too soft. If you liked Mr. Cooke's recent work on the Spirit, this is better. Much better.
Some other reviewers on this page commented that this book was a little dissapointing due to the inclusion of a story which does not feature Batman, but don't be dissuaded from picking this one up. Selina's Big Score features one of Batman's oldest villians in one of her greatest appearances, so don't miss out. Give it a chance, then read the collections of Catwoman comics by Ed Brubaker, Cooke and Cameron Stewart, which are some of the best crime comics around.
Fans of Richard Stark's Parker will recognize a Parker like Character, named Stark, a heister who helps Catwoman pull of the titular big score which is just as hard nosed (and fun) as any written by Richard Stark during the 60s and 70s. This will serve as a primer to Darwyn's upcoming adaptations of the first four Parker novels, beginning next year.
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Ego is easily one of the most underrated Batman stories of all time & hands down one of my all time favorites! & all the other stories included in this volume like "Selina's Big Score" & the collaboration between Cooke & Sale, are all absolutely fantastic! Highly recommended!!!
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Format: Paperback
This collection is a great primer on the work of Darwyn Cooke. Cooke's work as both writer and artist of the Richard Stark/Donald Westlake "Parker" series is some of the best work being done in comics today. His Batman stories are right up there.

This volume allows you a look at Cooke wearing the various hats in comic books. In one of the black-n-white stories, Here Be Monsters, Cooke is the artist. A well written story by Paul Grist, Cooke's artwork makes it that much better.
In the second the black-n-white story, The Monument, Cooke is the writer. His story is excellent, but is made less powerful by illustrator Bill Wray's exaggerated, cartoony style.
Tim Sale's artwork is a better fit when Cooke writes another short, Date Knight.

But the best is when Cooke is both writer and artist. Ego, which gives this collection its name, is very good, but a bit over-the-top in its man-talking-to-his-inner-self vein. It's pacing is very good; at 63 pages, it rushes by in a breeze.

Deja Vu, while only 13 pages long, packs an incredible punch, both visually and emotionally.

The best is the often reprinted Catwoman: Selina's Big Score. At 86 pages, this story could
easily stand on its own as a hardcover book. It's crime-noir feel is very much in the Parker vein, even featuring a character named Stark. Dark, but fun, it is both stylized in its artwork, and no nonsense in its writing. Multi-layered, but simple and direct in its delivery. A great, great story!
If anyone attempts to make another Catwoman movie, this would be a great story to base it on.

All in all, Ego and Other Tails, is an excellent showcase of the multiple talents of Darwyn Cooke.
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Like i said, EGO is an awesome comic and taps into the psychological insanity that is batman which is chilling. As far as the other tails go, its good but a bit campy specifically the catwoman story. Its almost as if I was reading an Ocean's 11 comic book when you get into that part. This book is good all around but it gets a bit boring later on (your money is being spent toward EGO)
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Format: Paperback
After finishing 'New Frontier' I was hungry for more of Darwyn Cooke's excellent writing and art, and so had to pick this up. I was blown away by this collection and cannot recommend it highly enough. Before continuing, this review is objective. With the recent passing of Cooke, it can be easy for detractions to be overlooked or ignored when reading his work. While I am a fan of Cooke, I must convey that this is not a 'bandwagon' fan review.

Moving on, the art is stellar. Cooke's style is retro, with large, solid-color shapes and dynamic figures filling his panels. His best work is contained within the 'Ego' and 'Selina's Big Score' sections. While the 'Batman: Black & White' sections are nothing to sneeze at, they are not the best Cooke work. The second 'Black & White' story is drawn with a Frank Millar style, exaggerating many physical qualities humorously. This was almost certainly done on purpose, but it may have been better served to be placed at the end of 'Selina's Big Score,' instead of awkwardly cutting in front of the powerful ending.

Not surprisingly, the writing is likewise fantastic. 'Ego' is the first arc presented, and it is among the most gripping Batman one-shots I have read. The premise of Batman having an argument with Bruce Wayne sounds, frankly, ridiculous, but Cooke presents this story in a 'logical' and meaningful way. It has a very 'Christmas Carol' feel to it, with past and present events playing part simultaneously in the story. Cooke notes in the introduction that 'Selina's Big Score' is among his proudest achievements as an artist and writer. It is easy to tell why. Catwoman has never really gripped me, but this story changed my mind. Ironically, Catwoman is shown for but a few panels.
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