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Batman & the Monster Men (Batman)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,486 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Matt Wagner takes the Dark Knight through his sophomore season in this new trade paperback collecting the 6-issue miniseries!

Batman has spent his first year fighting organized crime — but nothing thus far in his early career as the Caped Crusader has prepared him for the new menace facing Gotham: super-powered villains!
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Turtleback Books
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Sam Quixote
Set in the early days of Batman’s career, Monster Men follows the epic Year One storyline with a less than stellar volume that shares none of the preceding book’s quality. Monster Men has more in common with other early-Batman books that suck like Year Two, The Long Halloween, and Prey, the latter of which this book is a prequel to. It’s also a remake of a classic Batman story from 1940, so in theory, this book should be fun – except it’s not.

Matt Wagner tells the story no-one wanted to read of
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StoryTellerShannon
MINI REVIEW: it has been one year since the appearance of the Batman the local crime has learned to fear him but this is one of the early tales in which he deals with the supernatural. Batman's cleverness is well displayed in this tale. The batmobile is introduced. We meet one of Wayne's early lovers, see Dr. Hugo Strange in action and the early relationship between Gordon and the Bats. Artwork did a nice job playing on the shadowy elements in contrast to vivid lightings.

OVERALL GRADE: B plus.
Jesse
Aug 22, 2007 Jesse rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Batman and Matt Wagner
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was pure Bat-goodness, hands down. Matt Wagner managed to pick up the stride of the Batman world immediately after "Batman Year One" with out really making it feel out side of the normal narrative timestream.

This is a very interesting Batman/Bruce Wayne to read about, as he is still finding his way. He has some experience under his belt, but he is still fairly new at being Gothams's Dark Knight. I think Matt Wagner does a very good job of writing this aspect of the character.

I also found th
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Evan Leach
This was a fun Batman story set during the Caped Crusader's first year on the job. Bruce is dating Julie Madison, and is optimistic that he may be able to win his war on crime and lead a more normal life. He's working on busting the leaders of the Gotham mob, but the situation is complicated by Julie's father (who has some mob connections of his own) and Dr. Hugo Strange. Dr. Strange relies on mob funding to keep his...unorthodox genetic experiments running, but before long these "monster men" a ...more
Federiken Masters
Jan 18, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batmanistas y fans del guionista
Recommended to Federiken by: Bajo precio, buena fama.
A la hora de "redear" este libro hice algo de trampa, ya que no lo leí completo, pero sí la saga que comenzó en el tomo anterior y que es el que le da título a esta. Y si bien no me encontré con una historia bien redonda como me imaginaba, sí pude disfrutar de una que combina varias de las mejores facetas de Batman: el detective avispado, el luchador atlético, el estratega ingenioso, el buen tipo, el justiciero justo (más vale que valga la redundancia) y otros aspectos menores. Y además, muy bie ...more
Paul
A six-issue mini-series made as a sequel to year one and is supposedly Batman's first mission.

This mini-series deals with batman facing Dr. Hugo Strange who is conducting genetic experiments on people he encounters that he dislikes and mental patients from Arkham Aslyum. He borrows money from gangsters to fund his experiments. He experiments in order to reverse deficiencies from birth, but all his test subjects become monster men, gigantic cannibalistic beasts. He uses them to steal money to pa
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Trebro
Wagner did a great series about "the big three" called Trinity, where all were early in their careers. This basically treads the same turf, pitting a very new Batman against one of his first opponents, Hugo Strange.

As Batman tries to take out the mobs, a newer, more sinister force is slowly creeping into Gotham--the beginning of the era of the super villain. Wagner does a great job of putting us in the head of the young Bruce Wayne, who hasn't yet settled on this as a permanent career path, and
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Laura
Also not terribly good.

I only read these batman stories because of this web article:

http://www.comicmix.com/news/2008/03/...

they're both poorly plotted and not what I expected, having read some darker, grittier Batman books in my time. The art's kind of weird-- a lot of close-ups on terribly out-of-proportion eyes and weird, oblique angles on faces that make them look like they're melting and slouching.

Avoid it.
JB
The story takes places shortly after Batman Year One as we continue to follow a young an still unexperienced Batman.

This story involves one of my favorite villains, Hugo Strange. I have a love-hate relationship with him.
I hate him so much that I love him as a villain. Hugo Strange tries to outsmart the mob by paying them back a loan with their own money he had stolen at a poker game.

He is trying to create super men but instead creates monster men.

If you are like me and love to dig into the older
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Anne
I thought Matt Wagner did a great job with this! It's a look at a newbie Batman having his first run-in with Hugo Strange. Freaky monster mutations and a peek at the first Batmobile...who could ask for anything more?
M
Matt Wagner returns to the Bat-mythos with this early tale of Batman's crime-fighting career. Having faced off against gangsters and street criminals, Batman is more than capable of holding his own as a night terror for the criminal underbelly of Gotham. However, the radical Professor Hugo Strange is seeking to change all that with his latest experiments. These so-called "monster men" are set loose against the bosses funding Strange's laboratories, forcing Batman to confront creatures with inhum ...more
Shane
This was a decent story, but really feels more like a lead in to the second part of a story finished in Wagner's 'Batman and the Mad Monk'. What I mostly enjoyed about this book is the origin story for Professor Hugo Strange. Batman's war on organized crime is paralleled with stories of two men indebted to the same criminals that Batman is trying to take down. One is the wealthy father of a woman that Bruce Wayne is falling in love with, and the other is Hugo Strange. You also get the story of B ...more
Steven Shinder
The events of this story appear to take place between Batman: Year One and Batman: The Long Halloween. A newspaper at the beginning reveals that the Red Hood has already fallen into the vat of chemicals. This is a modern reimagining of a story from Batman #1, released in the spring of 1940. The featured villain is Professor Hugo Strange, whom I perceive as an underrated Batman villain. His genetic research is utilized to make ordinary men into hulking "Monster Men." Bruce Wayne's first love inte ...more
Deke Martin
I'm currently working my way through some of the better Batman titles in chronological order. I read this after finishing Frank Miler's Year One arc in Batman. It was nice to have the backing of Year One make its way into this title. Not that anything necessarily ties in from Year One to Monster Men, but there is a definite sense of continuity.

Overall, Monster Men wasn't that bad. I'm not the biggest DC fan, and there are certain troupes in that universe that just make things too... comicy, at l
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Jesse O'reilly
I enjoyed Batman and the Monster Men, and Matt Wagner is one of my favorite comics creators. The story is set earlier in Batman's career, and I like reading about this less accomplished Batman. However, although the Monster Men are portrayed as being powerful creatures, they never really seem threatening. The ending's ramifications are potentially interesting as a set up to another story.
J.M. Hushour
Matt Wagner is the guy who worked on the excellent "Grendel" comic and this was, I believe, his first contribution to Batman. It's not bad, but perhaps a little too over the top. Written recently but it takes place within Batman's first year of operating, it introduces Dr. Hugo Strange, the scientist rumored to be the villain in the next film, who is using genetic manipulation to create, well, to create "Monster Men", giant cannibals who he sends out after Gotham's mobsters. Batman gets the shit ...more
Doyle
Set between events depicted in two of my other favorite Batman stories (Year One and Long Halloween), Batman & the Monster Men once again pits our protagonist against the Gotham mob, run by The Roman and Falcone. In addition, Wagner throws in a mad scientist element as a nod to the Golden Age Batman stories of the 40's when Frankenstien science experiments were so common.

Wagner is easily one of my top 5 favorite Batman artists. His simplistic, slightly cartoony look fits the character nicely
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Jon Rigton
Seems like everyone and their mother is wanting to rewrite or retell a Batman story. Matt Wagner is a genius (check out Grendel...NOW!), pure and simple. However, even his abilities can't turn an otherwise offensive and obvious corporate attempt and gain for the sake of gain into a worthwhile story. Bruce Wayne/Batman's early days at Gotham. Wagner's behind the wheel so there's more violence than DC normally allows (and cursing...next there will be dancing!). Take the money you'd spend on this a ...more
Adam Luptak
Styled as a follow-up to Batman: Year One, this story follows Batman as he tightens his noose around organized crime in Gotham only to be confronted with stranger foes that he anticipated when he began his crusade against crime. The plotting is fairly good, examining Bruce Wayne's attempts to maintain a social life while introducing a villain who I've not been familiar with. The writing is decent, if a bit lackluster at times. While this story has some fun elements, such as the introduction of c ...more
Yves
Il n'y a pas longtemps que Bruce Wayne a commencé son travail en tant que Batman. Gotham City est sous l'emprise de la pègre. Lors d'une de ses enquêtes pour combattre le crime, il découvre qu'un massacre a eu lieu dans un gang de mafieux et que ce qui les aurait attaqué serait mi-humain, mi-animal.

C'est un bonne bande dessinée. Batman n'a pas encore l'approbation des autorités et il est encore recherché. On voit aussi qu'il essaie de perfectionner ses techniques. Il est par moment encore un peu
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Hone Haapu
Nice stand alone follow up to Year One. I am a big fan of the darker - more maladjusted Batman. Develops a wee love story on the side for Bats which is good to see.
Dony Grayman
Batman La colección, tomo 2. Incluye los capítulos dos a final de la historia epónima más los dos primeros capítulos de "Batman: Presa".
Chelsea
This is such a fun story, and it really manages to blend the essential grittiness of Gotham and some fantastically cheesy science fiction tropes. Hugo Strange embodies that weird mesh, a villain who is at once terrifying and comical. The art style is wonderful and expressive. I would say the romantic moments between Julie and Bruce are weak points; it's difficult for me to believe he's in love with someone who is so frequently characterized by her lawyer puns, but once Julie discovers the truth ...more
Shaun
A quick read. Quite enjoyable. It obviously follows the Year One story. I like the characters and the story.
Krystl Louwagie
Nice and serious, not cheesy, which is a plus. Hated the "love" story line-no interest, and beyond annoying. Plus, I don't think/agree that Batman would be so personally biased as he was near the end-that's why we all trust him as a vigilante, after all. Also, if you have to drug your girlfriend, to allow you to go fight crime, when she's having issues...you probably shouldn't have a girlfriend. Or maybe you should just clue her in on your secret identity. Just saying...(I think I could, in good ...more
Ryan Mishap
A collection of the original run of six, this self-contained story has Batman in his second year of crime-fighting--clearly taking its cues from Frank Miller's Year One, cemented by the introduction of Dr. Hugo Strange.
A solid outing with decent writing stuck in a story that has genetically modified monster men. I think they could have ditched that--with a less cartoony (although this is hella violent with body parts torn off and such) bad guys, the psychology of Strange and of Bruce Wayne cou
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Pizzle
First comic I've read where Hugo Strange gets the spotlight. I enjoyed this one.

4/5 Stars
Martin
Yet another "untold tale" from Batman's early days (or is it nights?) as a crime-fighter, this one features a mad scientist and his experiments, the titular "Monster Men". All the tropes of an "early" Batman tale are here: mistakes on Batman's part, re-evaluation of tactics and, you guessed it, ultimate triumph over the bad guy(s).

By no means essential reading, this is one to borrow from the library.
Travis
A nice old fashioned Batman story as Matt Wagner re-imagines a Golden Age comic story.
Bit padded with noir mobsters, corruption and everybody being up to something ( all those years of Grendel, I doubt Wagner can do a story without a lot of cross and double cross), but still a better Batman story than most of the stuff out there today.
Ashley
I loved this graphic novel. Batman was truly in character. The villains were great. The storyline was a bit hokey, but not ridiculous to the point that it wasn't enjoyable. My only question is this- how much was taken from "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm"? This story line was just a little too close for it all to be a coincidence.

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Matt Wagner is an American comic book writer and artist. In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel, he has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics limited series featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
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