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Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

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by Neil Gaiman, Various, Andy Kubert
     
 

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Best-selling author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) joins a murderer's row of talented artists in lending his unique touch to the Batman mythos for this Deluxe Edition hardcover! Spotlighting the story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" from Batman #685 and Detective Comics #852, Gaiman joins artist Andy Kubert and inker Scott Williams for a story that shines a new

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Best-selling author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) joins a murderer's row of talented artists in lending his unique touch to the Batman mythos for this Deluxe Edition hardcover! Spotlighting the story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" from Batman #685 and Detective Comics #852, Gaiman joins artist Andy Kubert and inker Scott Williams for a story that shines a new light on the Batman mythos. Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? also collects Gaiman stories from Secret Origins #36, Secret Origins Special #1, and Batman Black And White #2. This collection is not to be missed!

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? author Neil Gaiman has the ghost of the titular superhero attending his own funeral where he is dutifully eulogized by an array of friends and foes. Through these clever recollections, Batman transforms from a mere man to a deified icon whose doomed existence is necessary to bring balance to the world. It is a loving ode to Batman’s many incarnations and to the meaning of the superhero in modern mythology, concepts that artist Andy Kubert extends through careful use of perspective and attention to iconic detail.

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George Gene Gustines
Its title story, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Andy Kubert, imagines several variations of Batman's death. This anthology, published by DC Comics, also includes other stories by Mr. Gaiman about the millionaire Bruce Wayne's famous alter ego. The other tales are very good, but "Whatever Happened to ..." packs enough emotional punch to stand solo.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Following the “death” of Bruce Wayne in last year's “Batman: R.I.P.” arc comes Gaiman's loving eulogy not just to Batman but to the Batman of each era since the character's debut. Bolstered by slick art from Kubert (Batman; Captain America), Gaiman's lyrical chops are in fine form, weaving a surreal wake in which characters from Batman's history take turns relating what he meant to them, and their takes on the Dark Knight and the dangerous microcosm he fought for and eventually purportedly “died” to protect. Although this is obviously a love letter from one of the comics medium's premiere talents, the volume will appeal more to readers well-versed in Batman's continuity than Gaiman's normal legion of fans As the finished story only amounts to two issues of material, this hardcover is padded out with lesser—though not badly written by any means—stories teaming Gaiman with Simon Bisley, Mark Buckingham, Kevin Nowlan and Bernie Mireault, plus a sketchbook by Kubert. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401223038
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Series:
Batman Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now calls the United States home. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels—including Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and Coraline—as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals as well as the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:
Portchester, England
Education:
Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
Website:
http://www.neilgaiman.com

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Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Mike-P More than 1 year ago
I found part two of this two-part comic arc on a Christmas trip to Canada. Upon my return to Indiana, I had my local comic shop find the first part before I read the story. I immersed myself in the wonders of the Batman mythos; swimming the eddies and currents that Neil Gaiman left in the wake of his writing. I won't attempt details or synopsis...I can't make the words sing or the punctuation keep time. This is a story that makes all Batmen one. Bob Kane to Frank Miller, Adam West to Christian Bale-they all belong, they all make sense. I bought this hardcover because the story deserves a permanent place in my library. The extras chapters are excellent as well. The deciding factor was the personal, touching dedication that Neil penned to his recently deceased father. Perfect.
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I'm not particularly a huge batman fan but I grew up watching the cartoon etc... I am, however, a big fan of adult comics, especially those with more complicated plots and themes. This one was put together spectacularly from start to finish and really bent my mind as to what a basic super hero comic could do. The art is equally compelling but not just for its immediately aesthetic appeal.... I have read "The Killing Joke" Alan Moore, "Joker" by Brian Azzarello and this. I would place them in this order, which may seem like blasphemy to some 1) Caped Crusader 2) Killing Joke 3) Joker
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Incognegro More than 1 year ago
The two issues (Batman and Detective Comics) that were the focus of the collection were pretty boring and the plot and artwork somewhat ludicrous. Thankfully the other 3 or 4 stories included were very good; much better than the lead material. If you want an "end of superhero x" story, the "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" by Alan Moore is far superior.