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Batman: Thrillkiller (Batgirl, Robin) Comics – October 1, 1998
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Bob Kane, Bill Finger and many others who have worked on the Batman myth might spin in fury when reading this story, but a lot of people like myself easily accept that yes, this is the way it should be: Bruce Wayne was raised as a penniless orphan after the murder of his parents and the stock market crash. What else can explain his vigilante caped crusade against injustice?
And yes, the Joker should be a woman, which makes her connection to Harlequin even more twisted.
There are many other characters in this version of the Batman universe, some of them who were made evil as the result of Nazi experiments:)
And Dan Brereton the creator of the Nocturnals is the perfect artist for the neon brights among the gritty noir shadows of corrupt Gotham City.
His Batgirl is voluptous pale curves, bare midriff, and burning red hair. Perhaps the best Bat Girl every painted.
While Jim Lee might have drawn the perfect Batman, Dan Brereton has painted the ultimate Bruce Wayne. Noir handsome in a fortish razor cut suit encasing his thick as steel body. Bruce has movie star good looks with a slightly blue jaw line, rendered as solid as the Statue of Liberty.
His Robin is also impressive: part James Dean, a little Elvis and a touch of Robert Mitchum. A bad boy with matinee good looks overshadowed by a fatalistic doom...
Almost every story created by some of the greatest writers over the decades is given a twist in Thrillkiller. Robin really suffers, others are savagely murdered, framed, or frame the dead, even going mad while good guys libidos run unbridled, breaking the most sacred taboos.
Take a look at the prices of the few copies available to get an idea at just how valuable this book is...
Bruce Wayne is an industrious detective, working with Gordon against a corrupt police force in a town of satiated, thrill seeking new aristocracy that ignores the crime that plagues the city beneath their noses. Onto the scene burts Batgirl and and Robin -really Gordon's estranged daughter Barbara - a wealthy heiress, and her boyfriend Dick Grayson. These vigilantes first battle Gordon and Wayne, before teeming with them to bring down Bianca Steeplechase - a sinister female Joker who manipulates both the underworld and the civic authorities.
Thrillkiller '69, the included sequel, deals with Wayne's transformation into the Dark Knight as he joins and takes over Barbara Gordon's crusade.
Many other Bat-cast-members are here, though in different forms, including Two-Face, Killer Ctoc, Harley-Quinn, Catwoman and the Black Canary.
The story is consistently compelling and visually stunning. The four heroes are consistently sympathetic and tragic figures, while the female Joker is a genuinely chilling presence.
One could easily hope for more of this series.
Where this book is highly lacking is the artwork. It has the appearance of an amateur oil painting and trades "style" for quality.
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Some of the male characters look a bit similiar but the great if flashy overall...Read more