- Series: Batman Beyond (DC Comics)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (December 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563895005
- ISBN-13: 978-1563895005
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batman: Strange Apparitions (Batman Beyond (DC Comics)) Paperback – December 1, 1999
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These pages are alive with atmosphere! Artist Marshall Rogers' panels literally drip down the page and capes slither behind the storyboards. Rogers sometimes lets the design of his panels tell the story as much as the art within them. When characters talk on the phone the panel's edges are drawn like phone cords. Sometimes panels rest on top of full-page illustrations that most artists would weep before covering up. Rogers is teamed for the most part with the incredibly talented inker Terry Austin. Together they provide pictures that are at once moody and sharp and exquisitely defined. When Batman menaces a thug you believe it. When Bruce Wayne has a nightmare you feel it. This artwork is a joy to look at and if the story were rotten it would still be worth buying this collection just to see the Batman look like the Batman should!Read more ›
Also this book contains the classic Joker story, "The Laughing Fish." This is one of the best Batman plots of all time. The Joker commits one of the most unusual and inventive crimes of all.
This also explains how Hugo Strange came to know the identity of Batman. Some of the episodes of "Batman: the Animated Series" are inspired from these comics. If you are a fan of the animated show from the '90s, you'll also appreciate these comics, the inspiration for some of those cartoons. On a side note, the animated series is one of the greatest works of television, fictional or non-fictional, I have ever experienced. The comics from the "Strange Apparitions" era provided much of its inspiration.
So this is a good sampling of the Batman and his exploits.
The first instalment starts off with the introduction of Dr. Phosphorous and the corrupt Gotham City Councillor, Rupert Thorne. Englehart also presents us a new love interest for Bruce Wayne, Silver St. Cloud. The good doctor has made very few appearances since then (notably in Starman) but Thorne has become a feature villain in the animated television series while St. Cloud served as the template for Vicki Vale's persona in Tim Burton's blockbuster film. Both characters also serve as important elements throughout Englehart's epic run on Detective Comics.
Unfortunately, the first two instalments in Strange Apparitions is not representative of excellent pencil work on behalf of Walt Simonson. Perhaps the fault can also be attributed to inker Al Milgrom but the result is art that is flustered, flat and lifeless. Do not expect the type of visual which made Simonson's Thor, Fantastic Four and Orion memorable masterpieces. However, the events and characters' presentation solidly sets up the stage for the next seven chapters in Englehart's story arc.
Marshall Rogers pencilled back up features in Detective Comics #466, #467 as well as a full length story in issue 468 prior to being assigned as regular artist on the duration of Englehart's tenure in '77 & '78.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great if you want a glimpse of Batman as he was written in the 70s- they don't make them like this any more. The moody art is especially affecting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by thirdtwin
I've heard good things about this. Heard it was the best batman before Frank Miller. This cost me a little over $70 and I was disappointed in it, regardless of the price. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ryan Peck
This book collects stories from eight issues of Detective Comics where Marvel Writer Steve Engelhart took over the writing of Detective Comics as well as two issues written by Len... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
I'm a little new to comics, so this is my first exposure to 1970s Batman. I loved it. The writing style is so different than today's comics. I enjoyed there being a narrator. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Don Smock
The Dark Knight Returns! Batman: Year One! The Long Halloween! The Killing Joke! These are most often regarded as the best (and certainly most popular) Batman stories. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by GSD
The first two issues in this collection are okay, not great, just good. However, the opening of the third issue lets you know that the series is picking through the incorporation... Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Stevtar
This is a classic story featuring Batman,Joker,Robin, and Dr. Hugo Strange to name a few. Great story, amazing classic Batman illustrations! Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by B
Very excellent read!!! kind of reflects some of the 1970's silliness but overall is a good solid book.Published on April 5, 2010 by Ty J. Krean
This was for me the quintessential Batman comics experience. I had forgotten until I read this book how much I enjoy the editorial additions to the prose, i.e. "Turkeys? Read morePublished on May 8, 2009 by Kauffinbauchser