Batman: Life After Death

Batman: Life After Death

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by Tony Daniel
     
 

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Tony Daniel returns to the BATMAN series as the new writer and artist after his best-selling BATTLE FOR THE COWL miniseries!

With Batman pounding the pavement in search of a new crime figure calling himself Black Mask and the completion of the new Arkham Asylum looming close, Gotham City has reached a boiling point! But when pandemonium breaks out at the inaugural

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Tony Daniel returns to the BATMAN series as the new writer and artist after his best-selling BATTLE FOR THE COWL miniseries!

With Batman pounding the pavement in search of a new crime figure calling himself Black Mask and the completion of the new Arkham Asylum looming close, Gotham City has reached a boiling point! But when pandemonium breaks out at the inaugural ceremony of the new Arkham Asylum, the combined forces of Oracle, Huntress and Catwoman aren't enough help for Batman and The Caped Crusader takes on an unlikely ally - The Penguin! Chock full of fan-favorite characters and the debuts of new supporting cast members, this high-speed adventure is sure to hit the spot for Batman fans who like their comics bursting with mystery, action and fun. And you won't believe your eyes when Batman uncovers the Black Mask's true identity!

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A man takes cautious first steps into the heroic role once held by his mentor in a story that hits all the expected notes of the superhero genre but doesn't do anything to impress. Daniel, known mainly for his skills as an artist, also takes on the writer's role for this story of Dick Grayson stepping into Batman's boots following the disappearance and presumed death of Bruce Wayne. Grayson must prove himself as skillful a detective as his predecessor while instigating a resurgence of a Black Mask-led criminal gang that's using mind-altering technology to recruit innocent civilians to commit violent crimes. In dealing with Bruce Wayne's former allies and enemies, Dick begins to prove that he is capable of being Batman but will do so in his own style. Daniel's writing is not nearly as strong as his artistic ability, and he often stumbles over a disjointed collection of subplots that pop in and out of the main story. While this is a noteworthy step in the history of a beloved fictional character's cast, it's not an otherwise memorable tale. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401229757
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
480,619
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Batman 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
MaveDeltzer More than 1 year ago
This story begins after the departure of Bruce Wayne. The other Gotham heroes are frantically looking for someone to fill his Bat Boots before the villains of Gotham get too uppity. Black Mask, Two-Face and Penguin have the city crumbling and 3 of the Robins give being Batman a try before the debate is settled. While the book is a bit disjointed, it is a solid connector from the era of the Wayne Batman to a new one.
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I enjoyed reading this book/collections of comics. It was definitely something that a Batman fan will enjoy.
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Poor writing. Good art. Very skippable.
GregCastro More than 1 year ago
"Battle for the Cowl" is a fairly necessary storyline, explaining Dick Grayson's choice to become the new Batman. Unfortunately, this chapter of Bruce's death and return was not penned by Grant Morrison, making it a fairly weak segment of the story. Tony Daniel may not be a great writer, but with this series he makes up in visuals what he lacks in substance. Nightwing swinging through the rooftops of Gotham has never looked so good. The plot falters most in the third chapter, with the villain defeated too slowly, leaving only one page (one!) to show Dick's transformation into Batman. Some quieter character moments would have been appreciated. Readers should look to Batman #687 and Batman and Robin #1 for a better exploration of Dick's choice, and his mourning of Bruce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the worst Batman story, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Superrob13 More than 1 year ago
Although Dick Grayson has stepped in as the man underneath the cowl and cape, he brings his own unique Batman to Gotham and doesn't disappoint as the caped crusader. The storyline is fantastic, imaginative and explained easily through character specific speech and thought bubbles. The artwork keeps the Gotham flair alive and vivid, showing the characters and the scenery with all their glory. Don't miss this great title. Highly recommended.
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J3v0n More than 1 year ago
OMFG, this is the best comic I've read for the year.
paulgomez More than 1 year ago
This is awesome, you truly get to see how bad Gotham will get without Batman. You see more into Dick Grayson which is awesome. The art is Top Notch, The main villain surprised me.
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Student_2010 More than 1 year ago
A new chapter in the Batman Saga. Showing the extent of the character's legacy.
Allstar_Aggie More than 1 year ago
Batman: Battle for the Cowl is Tony S. Daniel's predictable-but-entertaining follow-up to Grant Morrison's off-beat and mind-bending Batman: R.I.P. and Final Crisis. Morrison crafted a story arc that pushed Batman (Bruce Wayne) to his limits, testing the very fiber of the character before apparently killing one of DC Comic's biggest icons. Tony Daniel was the artist on R.I.P and several other Morrison storylines, and art is truly where Daniel shines. Every frame is iconic, giving you a visual sense of the underlying moods, emotions, and motivations of each character. Daniel wastes not one single pencil stroke in depicting the struggle of Batman's allies and enemies to fill the vacuum - or take advantage of it - left by the seeming demise of Bruce Wayne. The story itself is fun, although very predictable. Bruce Wayne's long-time protege and former partner Dick Greyson, the original Robin who later became Nightwing, leads Bruce Wayne's allies in the continuing struggle to keep the citizens of Gotham City safe from the criminal elements that infest the city. The story goes through several predictable-but-entertaining turns until reaching a conclusion that fans of comics will find satisfying, though hardly surprising. One of the strengths of this collection is also a surprising weaknees. Battle for the Cowl includes the two "book-end" Gotham Gazette stories by Fabian Nicieza. The stories show several of Bruce Wayne's friends and allies and what those people are doing to get by in a world without Batman. The stories were originally published to book-end the Battle for the Cowl mini-series, and their inclusion here is a nice treat. What is inexcusable, however, is the placement of these stories at the end of the book. Rather than editing the book to include these two supplements in their proper reading order, the editors chose to place these issues at the end of the collection. With DC putting out collected editions such as Final Crisis that include supplemental issues in their proper reading order, Battle for the Cowl just has a lazy feel to it by inserting these stories in at the end. Although predictable, Battle for the Cowl has some great moments, highlighted by Tony S. Daniel's artwork. The story is worth reading, although only as a complement to Grant Morrison's far more interesting work on R.I.P., Final Crisis, and the on-going Batman & Robin series.