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Batman by Edmond Hamilton
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Mar 24, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: graphic-novels, review
Read in March, 2011

Don't let the title fool you, the dark cover doesn't hide anything that could possibly claim to be noir. To reveal the contents of this book I have to relate two words that when combined are enough to drive even the most rabid and nostalgia obsessed Batman fan into the depths of denial. Those two words are: Batman & 1950s. Unless you're gathering material for a thesis on Batman R.I.P., or just interested in comic book history I don't see many reasons to recommend this book. There's a nice intro by Grant Morrison detailing how these stories shaped and influenced his penning of Batman R.I.P. (though even he admits how reviled this era has become). Each of the stories has at least one element, be it an image, an idea or a concept that he drew on for the work. The first Batman (Thomas Wayne), Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, Batmite, Club of Heroes, Dr. Hurt etc. It's all here and more in day-glo, beamy grinned cheesiness.
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