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Posted December 19, 2010
Frank Tieri, who has always been hit or miss with me, missed here. The idea of a gang war in Gotham is decent while not at all original. In this collection it seems that either editorial or the writer himself was challenged to include as many Bat-centric characters as possible. That was not a good idea. Almost no characters got enough page time to flesh them out because there were so many then you add in new or newer characters and they seem like they were directly ripped off from bigger better Marvel characters. The art by Jim Calafiore was good when characters were in costume but when he has to draw faces everyone looks the same and have a weird smirk on their faces. Overall, this was more like a jam page of Who's Who pages rather than a complete story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2010
Are you a Batman fan of any kind? I am and this is just the graphic novel for any size Batman fan: passive /aggressive or in the middle. Frank Tieri along with J. Calafiore as Penciller and Jack Purcell/ Inker make an amazzing team (this is so good I had to use two z's).You want villains: Biff, Pow, Wham, you have almost all of them in these pages.
I give no spoilers but here is the synopsis from the back page: "Gotham City may be under Batman's protection, but what if the Dark Knight detective wasn't there when his city needed him? With an underworld power vacuum caused by the death of Black Mask, Gotham's gangs are running riot in the streets. A war is brewing between the masked super-villains and the anti-mask mobsters, led by Tobias Whale and the Penguin who supposedly went legit months ago. To confront the growing crisis, Bruce Wayne goes undercover as his gangster alter ego, Matches Malone.and ends up incarcerated in Blackgate Prison with a price on his head and no means of escape. With almost all of Batman's Rogues Gallery caught up in the gang war, it will take Robin, Nightwing, Oracle, and the rest of the extended Bat-family to prevent Gotham from falling into utter chaos. If they fail, the next person to wind up underground in Gotham could be Batman himself."
I enjoyed Tieri's work on Batman and the Outsiders; he has the Dark Knight down pat. The dialogue is crisp and the banter fresh and exciting. The number of villains is too much to keep up with in just one reading. The penciling and ink by the team of Calafiore & Purcell really brings the story to life and adds a totally new dimension to the graphic novel. The action is intense; the pages turn quickly the first time around. These are the many faces of Batman and his Bat Family versus just about everybody. This is a great read; add it to your reading list and enjoy it.
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Posted March 28, 2009
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Posted December 29, 2008
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