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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.

Collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #840-845, plus a story from the INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by DC Comics (first published December 9th 2008)
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
Aug 30, 2016 Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote) rated it really liked it
This volume starts with an epilogue for The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul. I didn't expect it, but it did feel out of place to what's to come afterwards. The biggest storyline in this volume that spins around Zatanna and the new Ventroloquist (I guess anyone who jumps into this without knowing who the Ventroloquist is will get spoiled) is definitely quality material. I thoroughly enjoyed the story around those characters, the chemistry between them and the artwork that embellishes the totality. I ...more
Sesana
Dec 13, 2011 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
JB
Jun 23, 2015 JB rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-dc-collection
With the exception of the Suit of Sorrows every story in this book is written by Paul Dini. If you haven't heard of him, he's the man who wrote Batman the Animated Series and among other things brought Harley Quinn into existence (together with Bruce Timm).

I loved the Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul Epilogue. I've read the Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul trade. And this epilogue is a great addition to that story. It has great action. I love the Globe, who is an eccentric villain I haven't seen anywher
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Another volume of excellent Batman mysteries. Loved the artwork and the storyline is snappy and active, but also emotive. I think Dini's Batman volumes tend to be my favorite.
Blindzider
Jul 04, 2015 Blindzider rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Another nice set of stories, only one not written by Dini.

The first is an epilogue to The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, which unfortunately I have not read yet. Even though I didn't know the particulars Batman deals with Ra's in a way you've never seen before (at least I haven't.)

The other stories continue the one-off yet carry through some story elements before including the Riddler being a private investigator, Scarface having a new "dummy", and another tale with Zatanna (which Dini has said b
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Sam Quixote
Dec 24, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
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Gavin
Nov 02, 2012 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
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Mikhail
Feb 12, 2009 Mikhail rated it it was amazing
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
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Jace
Sep 26, 2010 Jace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Trekscribbler
Jan 25, 2015 Trekscribbler rated it it was amazing
I used to be a bit of an expert on all things Bat. Having started reading about his adventures in the early 1970’s, I devoured everything I could get my hands on for so many years, but sometime around a decade and one-half ago I suddenly felt that stories began largely repeating themselves. Gone was some freshness to the Dark Knight’s month-to-month escapades, and – no matter what plotlines were up’n’coming from new talent signing aboard any number of Batman’s many titles – I just couldn’t see s ...more
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
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Paul
Nov 24, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, batman
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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Mike
Oct 15, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
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Matt Chic
Nov 18, 2009 Matt Chic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Martin
Oct 31, 2012 Martin rated it it was amazing
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
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Brad
Sep 23, 2009 Brad rated it it was amazing
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
Erik
Apr 03, 2010 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 01, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it liked it
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
Lucas
Mar 03, 2014 Lucas rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2012 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing
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, et.al. But the most important part of these adventures is to watch Batman acting as the det ...more
Taysha Charlton
Jul 17, 2014 Taysha Charlton rated it liked it
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
Jen
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
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Justyn Rampa
Oct 07, 2010 Justyn Rampa rated it liked it
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
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Noah Soudrette
Feb 23, 2009 Noah Soudrette rated it liked it
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
Cindy
Jan 13, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
B:TAS Joker's Millions

I love Paul Dini work in Batman: The Animated Series and Dustin Nguyen is a wonderful artist, I think the two are a great combination and this turned out to be a nice collection of stories.

Nothing groundbreaking but quite enjoyable and a couple stand out.

The first two stories actually stir up some emotions for me. The way Batman handled Ra's al Ghul in "The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul- Epilogue" was quite at a shocking extreme. I also kind of felt bad for the Mad Hatter in "The Wonderland Gang
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Dan
Sep 17, 2010 Dan rated it liked it
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.
Steve
Nov 27, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
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.
Feather Mista
Nov 12, 2010 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los autores y del personaje
Recommended to Feather 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.
Wealhtheow
Nov 28, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: brian
Shelves: comics
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.
Frank
Aug 30, 2014 Frank rated it really liked it
A fun little book full of cool short stories. Paul Dini & Dustin Nguyen kill it throughout. For the price, this book is extremely enjoyable.
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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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