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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  734 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Batman: Private Casebook Batman tells his own story in this oversized, graphic novel, chronicling his lonely, all-too-human crusade to better the lives of the citizens of Gotham City. Full color. Full description
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by DC Comics (first published December 9th 2008)
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This collection continues Dini's run as a regular Batman writer, with one story (The Suit of Sorows) by Peter Milligan. I think Dini is usually brilliant when writing in the Batverse, and this collection was no exception for me. The main focus is on the continuing story of Scarface and the new Ventriloquist, with a few sidestories. Dini must also be a Zatanna fan, since she shows up again. (The last story in the collection is actually a very short Zatanna Halloween story, probably put here for l ...more
I didn't think Dini's run on Detective could get any better than it already was--truly a seminal body of Batman work--but then Dustin Nguyen showed up and did the impossible, he elevated work that I thought had already reached its summit of possibilities. This is what every future Batman writer and artist should aspire to. These Dini books add that extra ingredient that has been missing from all Bat books of late--unadulterated fun.

Oh, and the most deliciously entertaining scene? Zatanna and Br
Sam Quixote
Few writers have moulded and shaped the image of Batman over the years into the version we all know and love than Paul Dini. From the “Batman Animated Series” to “The Brave and the Bold” to the Arkham Asylum games and numerous books, Dini has proved he is one of the most adept and versatile writers Batman has ever had, effortlessly capturing his voice and character and creating some of the best stories in the Batman canon.

There are many writers who could write a cool Batman story with Joker as
Colin McKay Miller
Batman: Private Casebook is irreparably marred by awful, awful, awful writing.

I’m not hard to please when it comes to graphic novels and comic books—like an action movie, just make it entertaining—but if the structure is distractingly bad enough, even my easy going standards will drop into a critical buzzard swoop. I get annoyed when comic book writers don’t understand the strengths and limitations of having both overt visual art and the subtleties of the written word at their disposal. It’s not
Private Casebook is Paul Dini taking on a number of smaller stories, which is a cool formula for a book. Dustin Nguyen is a fantastic artist for Batman.
1) Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul (Epilogue) is the last chapter of Dini and Morrison's bigger Resurrection storyline. Good read.
2) Wonderland Gang - Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and dum...and dumb it was.
3)Suit of Sorrows - written by Peter Milligan - was a very cool story about the suit of armour given to Batman by Talia during the Resurrection storyl
Paul Dini rarely gets the level of appreciation he deserves. He is probably one of the best writers in the DC camp (I wouldn't know about his other stuff).

Collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #840-845, plus a story from the INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, this hard-hitting new BATMAN volume pits The Dark Knight and guest-star Zatanna against the new Ventriloquist and still-the-same Scarface, as well as Talia al Ghul, The Riddler and more.

Paul Dini is the award-winning writer of many scripts for Batman: The A
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Matt Chic
These days I'm hard-pressed to find a decent Batman read (and one where BRUCE WAYNE is actually the man under the mask) so I've been looking forward to this:

Bamtan, Ra's Al Ghul, Riddler, Zatanna, Catwoman, Madhatter, (the new) Scarface...

Finally after a bunch of average artists Dustin Nguyen jumps on as the regular artist for Paul Dini's run on DETECTIVE COMICS. I've been a fan of Nguyen on Batman ever since he followed up Jim Lee's HUSH series, and he is still my favorite current Batman artis
What a joy it was to read this book. Paul Dini's got a knack for writing not only interesting done-in-one stories, but also for packing so much stuff into them. It's not that the stories themselves, individually, are among the "best ever" (though they ARE quite good), it's that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.

You don't need to be up-to-date on Batman continuity, as Dini gives you all the info you need to maximise what you get out of each story. I like also how, in some of th
Each of these one or two issue stories would fit perfectly in Paul Dini's old run on the Batman animated series. He does a great job telling short but compelling stories with different Batman rogues. This volume resolves his interesting reinvention of Scarface, and also has fun turns by the Mad Hatter, The Riddler, Ra's Al Ghul, Catwoman, and others. Dini does a good job referencing current DC continuity without being beholden to it. He seems to do much better in short stories than big storyline ...more
Although I’m not much of a follower of the mainstream Batman titles – as I much prefer more cutting-edge one-shots or self-contained limited series by comic book auteurs using the Dark Knight – I do have a weakness for Paul Dini, whatever he may be working on within the Bat mythos. Private Cases collects several self-contained story-arcs, each one involving a classic Batman nemesis: the Ventriloquist, Ra’s Al Ghul, the Mad Hatter, the Riddler, and even the ever-so-sultry Catwoman. Although each ...more
J.M. Hushour
Similar to 'Death and the City', this is a mishmash of Batman shorts of varying value. The bits about the new Ventriloquist stand out, exploring her origins, as well as getting into what the hell Scarface might actually be. This section again features Zatanna-as-sidekick and delves a bit more into the nature of her and Batman's potential romance which was never really developed beyond this point. The preceding Ras al-Ghul story is wrapped up here, albeit temporarily, and kind of lamely. The Mad ...more
This collection definitely deserves five stars. The stories are great, the relationships between the characters are flawless, and the writing is...well, Paul Dini might just be my absolute favorite Batman author ever. Gaiman included. (Although, I really love Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader.) Anyway, Zatanna appears in this collection, and I thought that was nice, since she doesn't show up as often as other heroes and/or villains, and Scarface is here too, which I also found to be a love ...more
Riju Ganguly
This volume is a seminal one in the mythology that has been constructed around our favourite Gotham Knight, because it zeroes on one aspect of his life that always tends to get overshadowed by other form of heroics: detection. In these adventures, Batman deals with some of his arch enemies: Ra's Al Ghul, Mad Hatter [with a twist in the tale], Scarface [one of the most poignant tales in the canon], Enigma, But the most important part of these adventures is to watch Batman acting as the det ...more
Taysha Charlton
Nothing groundbreaking here, but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless. After reading this one could not help but wonder, does Paul Dini have a Zatanna complex? I found this to be very Zatanna-heavy. I don't have anything necessarily against that but it did seem like a little much. Though I did love reading more about Ra's al Ghul, Scarface and Mad Hatter and how Batman deals with all of these villains very differently. I find the dynamics between each character fascinating. Like I said, I wasn't ...more
And so Paul Dini returns to reign over the Detective Comics series. The stories are simple but still wildly entertaining. This is the sort of writing that takes you back to the good ol' days of B:TAS, where there were no complicated gimmicks and red herrings, but sheer classic Batman.

Dustin Nguyen has become one of my favourite Batman artists. Married with Derek Fridolf's fluid inking, Nguyen's artwork is striking and beautiful without the need for garish, harsh details. His watercolour executio
Justyn Rampa
I don't really care for these vignette stories that often to short to really be substantial. This was a very good compilation however, although I really can't bring myself to give it more than three stars. I mistakenly thought that "The Three Ghosts of Batman" arc was resolved in this, but I must have been confused with The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul arc that concludes in this.

Not alot to say, the artwork was mostly good. The writing was pretty well done despite the fact that each story was re
I'm normally a big Paul Dini fan, but this collection didn't do much for me. I love the format of one-issue stories in Detective Comics, as opposed to 8-issue mega arcs. But it seems that somewhere along the line writers have forgotten how to tell a fully developed story in one issue. (Hint: splash pages waste too much space when you only have 22 pages to work with.) Just because an issue isn't part of an epic crossover doesn't mean that it's story has to be inconsequential. It's just too bad th ...more
Noah Soudrette
I've read the individual issues collected here and I was a little disappointed. Up until this point Paul Dini's run on Detective comics was one of my favorite runs on anything, period. However, the art goes down a notch here, and Dini just seems a bit off his game, perhaps because he's just coming off the big Ra's Ah Ghul crossover and is being shoehorned into another one fairly quickly (the atrocious Batman R.I.P.). Still, If you were a fan of the collection Batman: Detective and Batman: Death ...more
Pretty good set of semi-connected stories written by the great Paul Dini (he loves him some Zatana - and who could blame him? I loved when he once said he wished he and Alex Ross could a whole book of Zatana and Black Canary - two hotties in fishnets) and great artwork to boot. Batman's gotta have the largest rogues gallery of any superhero out there. The guy can't turn around for one second without another would-be baddest villain of Gotham popping up.
The third in Paul Dini's multiple story collection trilogy is a little bit lacking.

It begins with a subpar Ra's Al Ghul story and then only gets good when he introduces new villains such as Vox or Gotham Jack, but they barely get any development and its a crime to waste such good one shot villains.

The Riddler story this time wasn't too interesting and this collection is interesting but not as good as the previous two.
Federiken Masters
Nov 12, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los autores y del personaje
Recommended to Federiken by: Precio y curiosidad.
Tengo que corroborar si leí absolutamente todos los números que componen este tomo. De todos modos, no creo que el resultado cambie, ya que es una etapa de Detective Comic muy interesante a nivel guion, con un Dini que saca historias de taquito, y que en el aspecto gráfico va de muy bueno para arriba. Si consigo en papel los números que me faltan y corroboro contenido, probablemente lo relea y rerreseñe.
Nov 28, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: brian
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A collection of short adventures. Batman goes up against Ra's al Ghul, the Mad Hatter, Scarface, his own darker impulses, and the victim of a reformed criminal. The art is pretty, and the plots just a little more convoluted than in ordinary comic books. Batman gets to show off his detective work and has a few great lines ("Of course. More ninjas."). Overall, good but not astounding.
A fun little book full of cool short stories. Paul Dini & Dustin Nguyen kill it throughout. For the price, this book is extremely enjoyable.
Derek Royal
A collection of various Batman stories, this book is made up of mostly engaging stories. One of the standouts is the epilogue to The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul book preceding it. In fact, the epilogue is better than the very end of Resurrection. And another big plus of this collection: Zantanna. She's hot, and I've always had a thing for her.
Tyler Mickelson
It's fucking Batman, enough said!

However, if you are looking for a graphic novel that explains the Dark Knights villains a little better, this book is great for that. While it does not go over the main villains it does introduce you to some of the less noted ones such as the Mad Hatter.
It's nice to finally read a graphic novel (well, a collection of comic book stories published as a graphic novel) that is both well-drawn & well-plotted. Dini writes Batman with an edge but not like he's ready to go Vigilante (D.C. version of the Punisher) at any moment... thanks.
Ryan Haupt
Tight storytelling, even within the continuity of of larger stories but what really sold this book for me was the art. I drool over every page Dustin Nguyen pencils. His covers even more so. Solid detective stories that are pretty to look at, what more do you need?
PAUL DINI IS AWESOME!!!! Nobody writes better, tighter, and cooler single issue Batman stories than Dini. While the transitory nature of the stories make the collections harder to remember, each story is still a lot of fun.
"Compilation of outstanding works by Dini and Peter Milligan! Dini is one of the very few writers who can justify the Batman character. Praise to Dustin Nguyen's artworks. Action shrouded in mystery that comes alive!"
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Paul Dini is an American television producer of animated cartoons. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics series, including Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Duck Dodgers. He also developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog and contributed scr ...more
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