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Batman: Gotham Underground (Batman)

3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  225 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by DC Comics (first published November 18th 2008)
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Nov 29, 2011 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Somewhat underwhelming, but not terrible. The story revolves around attempts to fill the power vacuum in Gotham's organized crime scene. There are many contenders, but it comes down to a standoff between Tobias Whale (not familiar with him) and "legitimate businessman" Penguin. Personally, I like seeing Penguin in his Iceberg Lounge. I think it suits his character better than attempting to steal bird-themed items. I also liked the few scenes with the reformed Riddler. Both of these guys are smar ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Joseph rated it liked it
I thought this was a pretty decent story starring a lot of the Batman villains and Batman Family. It all involves a turf war going on in Gotham, when Tobias Whale from Metropolis, and famed Black Lightning adversary, tries to move in. The Penguin is at the heart of this story, and it's difficult to tell what's going on with him here. Is he straight, playing the game, or what? I'd be willing to bet that regular readers of Batman during the time this miniseries came out probably knew the answer, b ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Boots rated it it was ok
the best thing about this nine-issue miniseries was the covers that make up one giant poster. otherwise i feel like i missed some vital piece of information before coming into this.

most crucially: it doesn't feel like a standalone story. and because i couldn't quite place it within the continuity, i felt lost most of the time. to add to the disorientation there's a lengthy set of backtracking episodes where it's explained how we got to the media res opening, but without any real context. the wo
Giovanni Gelati
Jun 23, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
Are you a Batman fan of any kind? I am and this is just the graphic novel for any size Batman fan: passive /aggressive or in the middle. Frank Tieri along with J. Calafiore as Penciller and Jack Purcell/ Inker make an amazzing team (this is so good I had to use two z’s).You want villains: Biff, Pow, Wham, you have almost all of them in these pages.
I give no spoilers but here is the synopsis from the back page: ”Gotham City may be under Batman’s protection, but what if the Dark Knight detective w
J.M. Hushour
Feb 02, 2014 J.M. Hushour rated it it was ok
The other day, this kid, a friend of my son's, asked me if I ever watched "Gilligan's Island". Sure, I replied with not a little trepidation. As the kid went on, telling me about how his parents owned several discs worth of episodes I was torn: should I call child protective services or not? I quickly decided I should when said kid started discussing the episode where the mad scientist on a neighboring island switches all the castaways minds and bodies. Ginger talked like Gilligan, Mary Ann soun ...more
May 10, 2014 M rated it it was ok
A host of heroes and villains are given the spotlight in this miniseries from writer Frank Tieri and artist Jim Calafiore. Undercover in his Matches Malone guise, Batman is attempting to gain intel on the power vacuum left by Black Mask's death. While Penguin secretly partners with the Suicide Squad to ship Arkham villains off-world, the gangster Tobias Whale arrives in Gotham to usurp control of the underworld. As Whale's gangsters go to war with Penguin's armored criminal knockoffs, the Bat-fa ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok
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Feb 24, 2013 Sean rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: DC completists
Frank Tieri, who has always been hit or miss with me, missed here. The idea of a gang war in Gotham is decent while not at all original. In this collection it seems that either editorial or the writer himself was challenged to include as many Bat-centric characters as possible. That was not a good idea. Almost no characters got enough page time to flesh them out because there were so many then you add in new or newer characters and they seem like they were directly ripped off from bigger better ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Shawn rated it did not like it
This book was a starpacked feast for Bat-fans. It as filled with almost every villain or hero who has ever been in Batman. Unfortunately, that's about all it has. I felt like the story was too straight forward, more surface plot and not enough character development, if any. I prefer my Batman written by Tony Daniels.
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Aug 23, 2014 David W. rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The foreign section in the Qingdao Library isn't as large as one would've liked, which is a damn shame because as good as this comic is, it's clearly just the beginning of a bigger story (and if the hints of Apokalips being involved is true, possibly a Justice League story), and this is about the only DC comic book I can find. 3.5 stars out of 5 from me.
Sep 22, 2009 Caleb rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
If you absolutely have to read a Batman graphic novel one, and this one and you are in the same place at the same time for an hour, you could read it. That's probably the only circumstances under which you should, however.
Dec 17, 2010 evelyn rated it liked it
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Feb 04, 2015 ♘♕ Sophie ☺ rated it it was ok
Shelves: don-t-read-these
It's not absolute crap, but I wasn't nearly impressed. It was trying to do what The Long Halloween or Hush did by have an exhibition of every single Batman villain in one book, but it doesn't realize that it isn't The Long Halloween or Hush. It wasn't even fun. I don't regret reading it, though.
Aug 13, 2009 David rated it really liked it
This was purely fun. Kind of a throw back to the old gangster movies in a quirky way that only the ridiculous DC created villains could do.
Nov 23, 2008 Timo rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I was quite confused with the story couple of times, but that's only because I did not understand everything I read.
But the art was truly brilliant.

Dec 29, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
Decent Batman story with lots of crossovers w/chunks of the DC universe... since I don't read all those comics anymore, it was, at times, a little tough to follow.
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