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Batman: Vampire Paperback – December 5, 2007
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story is gripping; I literally could not put it down until the end and I was in tears. To anyone who ever wondered what it would be like for the dark knight to become a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sierradragon
This Batman trilogy is one that is told with diminishing returns. The initial volume is easily the best yet still has it's flaws. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lawgiver2000
It's one of the best elsewords stories that i have ever read. A strange version of Batman that you are not used to see in other storiesPublished 8 months ago by M. Sandoval
I really miss this kind of comics. What is happening nowadays? You need to be a Ph.D. to understand all the twists and when you finally get it, they reboot everything and a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pablo B. Chaves
Haven't finished it yet but it's a really good read. Big ups to Doug Moench.Published 11 months ago by Aaron Mitchell
This was a GREAT, GREAT storyline! Combining two of my favorite things........Batman & Vampires. I highly suggest buying this issue. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not all comics stand the pass of time. This is the case of this collection of tales, which in one volume titled Batman Vampire , include three graphic novels that were sold... Read morePublished 19 months ago by patricio córdova díaz