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Further Adventures of Batman based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This book caught my eye – 14 authors from “traditional” publishing backgrounds tackle the subject of The Batman, including ones I was already familiar with: Max Allan Collins, Stuart Kaminsky, and Isaac Asimov. Unfortunately, as I read through the book, I found it to be like most anthologies – some stories are excellent and really appeal to me, while others make me feel like my time would have been more productively spent watching butterflies flutter in a meadow. Let's look at Bats, by Henry Slesar, as an example. In this tale, Batman publicly acts a little quirky, perhaps crazy. I don't think it will be much of a spoiler to reveal that the hero has a reason, and a plan. However, the Batman I've encountered in prior readings would not undertake this behavior for tactical gain, realizing that the long term implications to his reputation might be strategically unwise. On the other side of the coin, I did enjoy “The Pirates of Millionaires' Cove” by Edward D. Hoch and “Death of the Dreammaster”, by Robert Sheckley. Both feature mysteries in which the Batman must use his problem-solving skills, coupled with his intimidation factor and combat skills. Give it a read. Your opinion may agree or diverge with mine on any given story, but I'm sure there will be something in this collection that every Batman fan will like – but be warned, there will probably be something that the same fan will not enjoy. RATING: 3 stars. Some stories are a 4 to 5, others a 2.