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Batman: Monsters (Batman)

2.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  144 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In this new collection of supernatural tales, Batman is first called to London to investigate a series of murders that seem to have been committed by a werewolf. Then, he must battle a pair of bioengineered soldiers-turned-killing-machines -- or die trying. And in the final story in this volume, Batman faces one of his oldest foes: Clayface!

Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
Batman: Monsters collects 1990s Legends of the Dark Knight comics that have a weak “creature” link between them. The Legends of the Dark Knight series supposedly focused on Batman’s early years when he started out, but you couldn’t tell with the generic, throwaway Batman stories in this volume.

The first, by James Robinson, sees Batman visiting London to fight “werewolves”. Robinson was never the best Batman writer and having a stereotypical foggy London and blandly “monstrous” werewolves in the
Jan 17, 2016 Jim rated it liked it
The story by James Robinson is quite good, but the other two stories were mediocre.
Chris Maurer
Sep 07, 2014 Chris Maurer rated it it was ok
Alan Grant story was the best of the three...
Jan 10, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars
Mar 17, 2010 Michael rated it it was ok
These three stories aren't too bad. They should be considering the quality of the names lined up here. Alan Grant's Clayface effort is the best of the trio - the script and art are both pretty good. But what is the point of this book? No self respecting Batman fan is going to want to buy a book containing three random stories. The stories are ok but nothing special - so it's not as if this is a cherry picking selection. So a star deducted for stupid marketeering.
Jun 27, 2012 Dean rated it liked it
Not a bad set of stories. The GN itself is poor, no effort made with an intro, epilogue, anything, just straight reprints, including covers. The stories are all decent enough, moody writing and art, and some nice early turns by James Robinson, Warren Ellis, and Alan Grant. The clay face story is probably the best, though I do like the werewolf in London turn from Robinson. A little cliched, but enjoyable. Probably one for Bat completists only.
I read anything with Batman in it even when I shouldn't. I trudged through reading Batman turning into a vampire, because well the man has been my favorite (vigilant) super hero. I don't enjoy seeing Batman up against the paranormal. I enjoy reading about him actually going up the villains created for him to fight. They are more entertaining and have more depth. Horror and Batman just don't mix.
Michael Hokanson
Jul 21, 2010 Michael Hokanson rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, read-in-2010
Completely average. All the issues within are from the nineties, and the artwork shows. The stories themselves are the most lackluster Batman stories I've ever read. The three stories within are about a "werewolf," zombie things, and Clayface.

I was hoping the Clayface one would be awesome, but it was probably the worst of the three.

All in all, this one does not need to be read.
Dec 04, 2009 Caleb rated it it was ok
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Federiken Masters
Apr 04, 2011 Federiken Masters marked it as to-read
Me parece que todavía no leí ninguno de los números que componen este tomo, pero pinta interesante. Creo también que no incluye "Batman Alas", que ECC Sudamérica sacó en revista hace poco. Pero en el caso de que sí lo incluya, van mis tres estrellitas provisorias.
Steven Shinder
Nov 25, 2013 Steven Shinder rated it liked it
Batman fighting monsters is not concept unheard of. A couple of 1939 comics had him pit against a vampire called The Monk, who is able to command werewolves. The stories here are enjoyable, but they do not really stand out as other Batman stories do.
Aug 04, 2010 Devowasright rated it liked it
not the best collection ever, i can safely say. it was quite interesting to read something of warren ellis' that was this old (i really haven't read much of his pre-transmet stuff), and his story alone bumps this up to three stars.
Oct 05, 2010 Valissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
as much as I perversely adore Warren Ellis, this was a sad adaption for the Batman. I hold out hope for Neil
Gaiman . . .
Feb 04, 2013 Wolverina rated it liked it
The Ellis story is the only one worth reading and that is certainly not Ellis at his best.
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The best story was the one with Clayface - the others were meh
Nov 06, 2009 Timo rated it liked it
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Some of the best John McCrea art I have ever seen.
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Apr 20, 2016 Mohammad Aboomar rated it liked it
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These are solid detective stories. No bullshit!
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James Robinson is a British writer, best known for his work in comic books and screenplays. He is well-known for his encyclopedic knowledge of comic book continuity, especially regarding the Golden Age of comic books. His earliest comic book work came in the late 1980s, but he became best known for his revitalization of the character Starman for DC comics in the 1990s. In addition, he has written ...more
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