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Batman: Gotham Underground (Batman)

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  178 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by DC Comics (first published November 18th 2008)
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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
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
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
J.M. Hushour
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
Giovanni Gelati
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
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Feb 24, 2013 Sean rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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♘♕ Sophie ☺
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.
David W.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Dec 07, 2008 Timo rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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.

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.
Ryan Witalison
A look at Gotham's underground as someone is making some big power plays against The Penguin.
Good artwork, but overall shitty story and dialogue. This really deserves 1.5 stars.
John Yelverton
I really could have done without this stand alone graphic novel of nonsense.
Mark Adams
I started it, read it, and then it was over...a bit uninspired.
Jaree Francis
I will go on in this slim book, but of course.
Kevin Connery
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