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Batman & the Monster Men (Batman)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,110 Ratings  ·  68 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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Jan 11, 2015 Lono rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Batman and the Monster Men is another tale by Matt Wagner that is set in the early years of Bruce’s war on crime. This book is really part one of a two part story continued in Batman and the Mad Monk. While these were collected separately, the books are really one story. Wagner does of great job of giving this Batman tale an old school, gangster noir kind of feel. Some of the set pieces seem to be lifted right out of a Chandler novel mixed with a dash of Univeral Monster flick. Matt's bridging t ...more
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
Nov 14, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
2.5 stars

Have you read Batman #1? The comic that contains the first appearance of the Joker? Well if you have then you have basically already read this book because it is literally just a retelling of one of the stories in that first issue and in my opinion the original was much better. I like Matt Wagner as an artist, not so much as a writer as he seems to not have much originality in his stories (especially his batman stories!). He also did the same damn thing with Batman and the Mad Monk!
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.

Jul 04, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty good one and it sees quite a chilled batman dealing with maroni and hugo strange, this is just a cake walk for batsy, you almost feel bad for the guy like you've got a storm coming bruce. He smiles at one point, he's flirting terribly with his girlfriend (those law student jokes got so old, so fast) so it was kinda cool to see a different, less brooding batman and more of a focus on him than the villains.
I've got to mention Alfred, who is just amazing in this, his level of sass
Apr 06, 2015 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good! So this takes place shortly after Year One, batman is still fighting the mafia, the early days of batman's career. First off the art was awesome, i like how the artist draws characters, specifically batman! The story is also good, simple and easy to follow, my kind of story! I also liked how they did the narration, the book is narrated by many characters: first 2 pages would be narrated by Gordon, then Batman, then Hugo Strange etc, i feel it was a unique writing style. Hugo Strange i ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Solid Batman versus some monsters story, from the same writer as Batman and the Mad Monk (Vampire story). This is set early in the Batman timeline, with love interest Julie Madison, as well as mobster Sal Maroni, and also features prominently Hugo Strange. Entertaining, but nothing essential.
Nov 07, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, batman
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
Aug 22, 2007 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 14, 2014 JB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-dc-collection
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
May 11, 2016 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one especially Bruce and Julie !!
Evan Leach
Aug 05, 2012 Evan Leach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2000-2009, dc
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 liked it  ·  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
Feb 12, 2008 Trebro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tradepaperbacks
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
Nov 15, 2015 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Matt Wagner did a pretty good job with these, though the character of Norman Madison is a bit over the top. (He says about a comic book featuring a bat-costumed vigilante fighting genetically modified cannibal mutants.)

Hugo Strange is introduced here and is entertaining.
Alp Turgut
Apr 14, 2016 Alp Turgut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Miller’ın "Batman: Year One" ve meşhur Joker çizgi romanlarından "Batman: The Man Who Laughs" arasında geçen bir hikayeyi konu alan "Batman and the Monster Men", Batman ile Dr. Hugo Strange’in ilk karşılaşmasını "Frankenstein" benzeri bir hikayeyle okuyucuya sunuyor. Akıcı olay örgüsü ve merak uyandırıcı nostaljik atmosferiyle her Batman severin okuması gereken çizgi romanlardan biri olduğuna kuşku yok. Hikaye özgün olmasa da okumasının oldukça keyifli olduğunu söylemeliyim.

Jun 12, 2016 Janani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Jan 04, 2015 Kereesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Batman
Recommended to Kereesa by: Nicholas Cyr
It's interesting to see how much Batman: Year One has influenced the narrative style and canon of Batman in years to come. Batman and the Monster Men is no exception and continues to use the detective-style multiple narrative we saw in Batman: Year One; we even some flashbacks and references to the piece. It's a nice tie in and works well, especially if you read Batman: The Long Halloween after this mini-series (and its sequel Batman and the Mad Monk). I enjoyed this little comic, especially sin ...more
Apr 23, 2008 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, fiction, comic
Also not terribly good.

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

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.
Chris Robertson
Jun 04, 2016 Chris Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have an extra respect for artist/writers in comics. Wagner delivers a good story in this one, but I found the art a tad blocky. I guess it is hard to pull off both: I actually liked the art in Trinity better than the story. This volume is actually a good Hugo Strange story (many have failed at that) with a surprising amount of gore. Definitely not for young kiddos. Batman mixed with horror is often over-the-top, but Wagner keeps things grounded with some well-placed humor (yes, via Alfred) and ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Jedhua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: suspenseful-or-engaging
The character of Batman is always fun to read. The storyline to this graphic novel was really good. A crazy scientist, monsters, mob men and a girlfriend are all part of this story. Batman has to figure out who is killing/chewing/tearing body parts of the mob men and other random people. Especially since the DNA evidence is coming back that the person doing the killing is human. The ending was great and of course Batman saves the day. However, I did not like the drawings at all. Even Batman's gi ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, dc-comics

Si bien en un principio la historia parecía ser demasiado introductoria, siguiendo hasta la mitad, a partir de entonces y de que suceden ciertas cosas la trama se puso mucho mejor.

En este cómic Matt Wagner vuelve a contar la primera aparición del doctor Hugo Strange de una forma más moderna, por lo que, esta historia transcurriría aproximadamente un año después de que Batman comenzara a luchar contra el crimen y demás.
Es por estas razones que todavía se ve una relación más distante con Go
Aug 09, 2013 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2012 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2013 Steven Shinder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryan K Alford
Nov 16, 2015 Ryan K Alford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman
Using Frank Miller's timeless "Batman: Year One" as his base, Matt Wagner manages to weave a stellar sequel-like tale to the classic that harkens back to Batman's more pulpy roots, detailing the origins of the nefarious Dr. Hugo Strange. The Year One characterizations are spot on, but the inconsistent art--ranging from gorgeous Mazzucchelli-inspired, to downright awkward and weird--keeps "Batman and the Monster Men" from the full five-star recommendation, and more as great supplemental material ...more
Deke Martin
Mar 25, 2013 Deke Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
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
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.
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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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