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John Beatty is Professor in Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brooklyn College (City University of New York) where he has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses including those in intercultural communication and linguistics. He received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 1972 and has conducted field research in Japan, Europe, and the United States. He has worked with both private and governmental agencies in their intercultural interactions.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Second printing edition (December 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401215653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401215651
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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By Christian E. Senftleben on February 20, 2008
Format: Paperback

Ultimate Sacrifice

This book is the start of a three-part descent into hell and oblivion, with much angst and pathos (and blood) along the way. While the last installment, "Crimson Mist" (think "Alien 3" as far as depressing goes), wraps this up pretty well, "Red Rain" and "Bloodstorm" are my personal favorites.

"Red Rain" sets up the storyline, bringing the Dark Knight from his usual stomping grounds (and reality) into a world where, (to quote "Bloodstorm"), deduction has become meaningless, for the rules are now random. This book focuses on the sacrifices of Bruce Wayne for his beloved Gotham City. [The second book focuses on the Batman's sacrifices for Gotham, and the third book focuses on the sacrifices of those who love Batman for the sake of Gotham].

Some complain this book is boring; I disagree. Since we are at the beginning of the trilogy, Batman is all cool calm and control, even with those bat-wings and eventually fangs. It is the beginning of Batman becoming his own namesake, a true "Bat-man" who is the ultimate nightmare form of the Dark Knight ...incarnate. We get to watch him be stripped of his cool calm, his reason and deduction, his belief in "how the world is," his house, wealth, fortune, life, and even his humanity ...yet he continues the fight, altered as he is, holding fast to his ideals even as he continues to become something he doesn't recognize anymore.

Tell me that Batman doesn't seem like a man pretending to be a creature of the night, a vampire who doesn't kill. Well here, he becomes what he pretends to be. Onward to the second book to determine what happens when we become what we have so long pretended to be!
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Wow. That was the word that came out of my mouth as I finished this book. It is just one of the very few graphic novels that really get you thinking and pondering about the plotline and gets you emotionally attached to the characters in a way so heartfelt. In my opinion, I found all three collected stories in this book to be amazing! Each one of them took a different original approach to Batman and Vampires. The first book "Red Rain", is the introduction obviously to the whole Batman and Vampires thing, and when I finished reading it, I expected to love it the most out of three, as it was so good, but I read on, I found that the plotlines that were building on what occurred in Red Rain get better. So "Red Rain" is an amazing "origin" story, if you will. The second book "Bloodstorm" features the Joker, and I think without him, the book would have had a big hole to fill, because the Joker was used perfectly, and I appreciated not including him in the first book int he first place just to sell more copies. They used him rather adequately for a certain point in Batman's phase. I was skeptical about the third and final book "Crimson Mist" before reading it, because of how things ended in the second book, as I didn't know what further they could do. But they did. And they did it perfectly. It was really something that I could call 'poetic' because it really does as it provides an inspired conclusion that really goes full circle as it integrates events from the first and second book perfectly to create the perfect ending to this astonishing saga. Personally, I thought the third story is really what gave this book its fifth star, as I can see that the author has really poured his heart in his work and did a great job in completing this saga. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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For the longest time, this collection of Doug Moench and Kelley Jones's alternate reality tales was out of print. The individual graphic novels that comprise the trilogy were separately available, but they were pricey. As soon as this trade paperback popped back up as being in stock at Amazon, I pounced.

I knew Moench to be a competent and traditional writer, as he served on the main DC Universe Batman titles throughout the `90s, most notably on the milestone Knightfall saga. Jones provided stunning covers for many issues during that same era, and he was a regular interior artist during the latter half of the decade.

At its very worst, this collection is competent. At its best, it's entertaining and visually stunning. Moench sets the initial stage for this alternate universe as being a sort of simplified, idealized version of Batman's world. His core supporting cast is small, consisting only of Commissioner Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, and Ariane, a consultant on matters of the occult.

The first issue in the collection, Red Rain, is probably the weakest story of the three. It features a direct conflict between Batman and Dracula. If you're a fan of superheroes crossing over or interacting with classic monsters, this might be to your liking. For me, the villain, Dracula, did not come across as a particularly powerful or nuanced character. Fortunately, Moench created another vampiric character, Tanya, with the more novel hook that she's a reformed vampire who resists her bloodlust. Red Rain slowly advances the chess pieces of the plot toward its ultimate goal: the turning of Batman himself into a vampire. Strangely, though hints are dropped, the precise point at which Batman is turned is difficult to identify clearly.
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