**spoiler alert** I don't read a lot of comic book hero based novels, but knew that the "Civil War" storyline was one of Marvel's biggest and most imp**spoiler alert** I don't read a lot of comic book hero based novels, but knew that the "Civil War" storyline was one of Marvel's biggest and most important ever so I was intrigued. I also knew about some of the major events concerning which heroes and villains died during this time, but not necessarily how nor under what circumstances. I also liked the theme of the importance of privacy, especially when one considers how much harder that is to obtain in our own electronic, social media world. But that is where my interest ended. One of the novel's biggest issues in my opinion was how quickly it moved through the action. At 400+ pages, I expected more detail around the moments that defined the Civil War graphic novel, but instead there was frequent jumping from one character to another. For example, shortly after the Stamford Incident, which sparks the war, Iron Man arrives on the scene. In the space of one page, he argues with Captain America, scolds Spider-Man, and pisses off the Wolverine. It was almost like the author wanted to drop as many Marvel's universe superheroes names as possible, but never writing enough to give you a sense of what was truly important. In addition to that, the battle scenes, and there were a few of those, seemed scattered and repetitive. For instance, Daredevil and Black Widow spend each battle stalking "each other up and down lampposts and benches, their moves deadly and precise." (385). What? What does that mean? Seemed too sterile for me. And then the thing that disappointed me most of all. Just about everyone, fans of Marvel or not, knew that Captain America dies at the the end of the Civil War, which is what helps bring about its true, final end. The Captain ends the novelization in prison. WTF? One of the most polarizing moments in Marvel history, and it doesn't warrant putting it in the novel. Boo, I say. Boo, Boo, Boo!...more
This novel's one redeeming quality: Batman. By far, and long my favorite superhero (even before the Chris Nolan film trilogy), Batman is written trueThis novel's one redeeming quality: Batman. By far, and long my favorite superhero (even before the Chris Nolan film trilogy), Batman is written true to form in his quest for justice. He even contemplates Superman's integrity when the Man of Steel reveals that he is an alien. Set in the 1950's, this novel allows its readers to see the two superheroes meet for the first time, and I suspect Batman's suspicious reaction to Superman is as real to his Dark Knight persona as possible. If the truth be known, I thought Superman was well developed too as he often questions his "alien" place in his new found home. But that is where the positive attributes of this novel end. The story is too hockey and overdone to illicit any real tension. Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind, devises an evil "take over the World" plot that is so far fetched and easily foiled that one begins to ponder the "evil mastermind" sobriquet given to him. Look, I didn't expect Man Booker Award winning writing here, but I expected to be entertained a bit more by a book written, presumably, for adults, but sadly, more suitable for junior high readers....more
I have come to not expect much out of novels based on comic book characters, but this may be the exception to the rule. The author deftly displays botI have come to not expect much out of novels based on comic book characters, but this may be the exception to the rule. The author deftly displays both the dark detective's physical prowess with his superior intelligence and intuition. While it is not a complete novel, and is instead broken up into "cases" (read short fiction), the author introduces us to the many aspects of forensic science through Batman's eyes. Mixed in with the four page chapters where Batman/Bruce Wayne explains things like GSR, rigor mortis, and entomology, are some well written action pieces in which the Bat gets to show us his knowledge of criminology while putting the boots to some of his most dangerous enemies. Perfect read for fans of Batman and the hit TV show, CSI....more
Much more vulgar and violent than I expected, this book still captured Batman in, what I feel, is the conflicted vigilante crime fighter he should be.Much more vulgar and violent than I expected, this book still captured Batman in, what I feel, is the conflicted vigilante crime fighter he should be. He despairs over the deaths of those (criminals too) around him, and is pursued not only by the villains but by the police. He is haunted by his own feelings and morals about what he does, and he wonders if the world really needs the Batman. Yes it does, and so do I. Good stuff....more
This author seemed to have a younger, more adolescent audience in mind as he quickly jumped from scene to scene without much of a true plot. Bad guysThis author seemed to have a younger, more adolescent audience in mind as he quickly jumped from scene to scene without much of a true plot. Bad guys want to embarrass the Batman, and he fights back.
Inferno's role seemed tacky, and quite useless. The police cannot stop him but the Joker smacks him around like a little girl.
And speaking of the Clown Prince of crime, he seems to enjoy the unusual indifferent attitude of Gotham's police as he strolls down the street without a care in the world. And the whole Joker in the Batsuit is a bit absurd.
The saving grace, in my opinion, of this book are the short, but provocative chapters written by "Gotham's journalists" as they belittle the Bat or ponder the problems of society in general.