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War on Crime
     

War on Crime

4.5 6
by Paul Dini, Alex Ross (Illustrator), Bob Kane, Paul Dini
 
The second installment in a classic painted anthology (SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH, SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE, WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH) by Emmy Award-winning producer Paul Dini and acclaimed artist Alex Ross. In this oversized book, Batman encounters a young boy, who much like himself, has survived the murder of his parents. Seeing a mirror reflection of his younger

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The second installment in a classic painted anthology (SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH, SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE, WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH) by Emmy Award-winning producer Paul Dini and acclaimed artist Alex Ross. In this oversized book, Batman encounters a young boy, who much like himself, has survived the murder of his parents. Seeing a mirror reflection of his younger self, the Dark Knight ponders his own life paths as he examines the nature of crime as it ubiquitously permeates from the Gotham streets to the corporate suites.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563895760
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Series:
Batman Series
Edition description:
Graphic Novel
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.04(w) x 13.50(h) x 0.32(d)

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War on Crime 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing pictures, original Batman-style story and a great ending, this is book that any comic( and especialy Batman) fan should have!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breathtaking art and a quick read. The expression Ross captures on the faces of victims says it all. And the fact that the dialog was sparse simply works to make the story more effective (it's supposed to be an introspective look on how Batman came into being). A textbook example of how powerful graphic novels can be when done right. In my opinion this is a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After an interview with Ross, you would understand why the book was short, had no major villians, no gadgets or cars...just a costume and a rope. He didn't want it to be a rich man's fight. The story is very touching, more than S-man 'Peace on Earth'. The artwork is like what Frank Miller did to Batman, a historical escalation towards greatness. When you combine your favorite superheros with the talent of Michangelo and Norman Rockwell, you get talent that is very high demand in the industry. I would not be at all surprised if his schedule book is all full for the next three months! After you read the story, just go back and admire the detail of the artwork. His most famous work is 'Kingdom Come'. It would be great if War On Crime could be half as long. I finish WC in less than 15 min. But you know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, but Alex Ross pictures are worth a thousand bucks. It was great to see a balance between the life of Bruce Wayne intertwined with Batman. I showed WC to my 6 yr old brother, and know he swears Batman is real. This is how GOOD his artwork is. It's not cartoony, not comic booky, it's a masterpiece. I remember trying to put both WC and Peace on Earth down, but the visual graphics are just eye candy, absolutely addictive. Oh I wish his work can be motion picturized to the big screen, (War on Crime, Kingdom Come, or Peace on Earth). But that is not likely to happen since it takes considerable time and effort. Also to mention, Paul Dini has made a good story, after 6 months of collaboration with A.R. they've been able to make a descent product. BOB KANE WOULD BE PROUD! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This treasury-sized book is visually amazing, and takes a perspective on Batman that has never been taken before. The story and captions are minimalist; it should be noted that this book is designed to showcase the Alex Ross art more than anything else. And spectacular art it is, almost photographic in its style. The story is excellent, but not as poigant or moving as in 'Superman: Peace on Earth' (WOC's prequel). All in all, a wonderful and unique book that deserves its large-sized format.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First i would like to say that Alex ross is a genious ,His realistic depiction of classic Comic Book Charecters always brings a tear to my eye.His use of Perspective is wonderfull.The Story Idea is also preatty good but to me where it falls short is in the dialog.The Dialog is a bit too introspective for my taste, and there isnt hardley enough dialog between charectrs. Its basicly a narerative with a few sparse bits of conversation between charceters. Another gripe i have with it is that its just too SHORT. I finished it in 20 min, but boy were those 20 min great.Every page a new scene to gaze at. Even the scenes of just Bruce Wayne were great.He actually looked like a wealthy handsome billionare.I think the little touches to detail is what made the art even more wonderfull.Everything from the wardrobe of Bruce Wayne to the Scars on his back that show a man that has been to hell and back in his pursuit to fight crime. Did anyone noticed catwaoman at the pigiuens club? its the little things. Now dont get me wrong the story line is top notch, very touching but if another artist was doing the art this book would only get 3 stars. Paul Dini is great at what he does and so is alex ross...if they can fix a few minor things in the book such as the inclusion of more supporting charecters (night wng , robin,alfred, various villains), more gadgetts/Gotham landmarks, and most importantly more dialog between charecters, i think that theyll knock one out of the park. By The way, The Batmans outfit is the best version i have ever seen, alot like the animated series outfit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Astounding paintings and a thought provoking story make this an excellent read. Uses of perspective and dramatic lighting effects combined with a realistic attention to detail make the illustrations a treat to simply examine. The story is a compelling analyzation of crime and its roots.