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Batman: Damned

(Batman Damned #1-3)

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New York Times bestselling graphic novel!

The Joker has been murdered. His killer is a mystery. Batman is the World's Greatest Detective. But what happens when the person he is searching for is the man staring back at him in the mirror?

THE JOKER IS DEAD.

There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by DC Black Label
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Anne
I thought the 1st issue was a very cool start to some sort of an edgy Batman story.
But I'm a big enough person to admit that I was way off base with that prediction.

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This was a nonsensical bullshit comic with (and I can't stress this enough) terrible lettering that made reading it next to impossible.

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Here's how little I understood/liked this:
My son asked me what it was about and I ended up looking around online (Wikipedia mostly) for some help, reading that stuff, and then trying to explain the c
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Chad
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
This thing was incomprehensible. It seemed more like an excuse to show Bermejo's redesigns for DC's magic characters more than anything else. Like Joker was an excuse to redesign Batman's rogues gallery, this was an exercise for Bermejo to get his hands on Justice League Dark. The art is fantastic, even if he does oversexualize Zatanna. Visually this book is stunning. It just doesn't tell you in more than broad stokes what was going on with Batman at all. The book is semi narrated by John Consta ...more
Khurram
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Awesome art work and a good concept but that is about it. Batman wakes up in in an back of a ambulance the the whole story goes to Wonderland from there.

Batman learns the Joker is dead, the witness is a hobo who is not a hobo, and the Justice League Dark cast in completely different roles. I have no idea why. Also he is seeing visions that young family life was not as happy as we previously remembered.Constantine is annoying narrator/guide on Batmans journey.

I have to say I have always hated ho
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Sam Quixote
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Joker’s dead - pushed off a bridge. Whodunit? Batman. Or did he… ? So begins a hallucinatory voyage through the streets of Gotham and Batman’s memory to find the truth.

In his afterword, Brian Azzarello reveals that Batman: Damned was conceived in the wake of his and Lee Bermejo’s unexpected 2008 bestseller, Joker, as a continuation of that storyline in this more realistic Batman world. But, for one reason or another, the project got shelved - until DC resurrected it a decade later to launch
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Scott
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
"The Devil! The Devil is here in Gotham City!" -- scared homeless man

"Amen to that." -- Commissioner Gordon

Batman: Damned ? More like Damn, Yet Another Disappointing Batman Story ! And that's a shame, as I loved reading the superior Batman: White Knight (also from DC's 'Black Label') early in 2019. This book, however, tries too hard for the dark and gritty angle, and ends up being ugly and annoying.

Yet, I also have to say there were actually a few good moments. A cameo appearance by Zatanna was
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Artemy
Jun 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dc, 1-star, comics
Oh boy, what a mess. Batman: Damned is a very clumsy attempt at creating an 'adult' Batman comic, and I'm not just talking about the whole Batwang controversy, or the fact that it daringly uses words like 'shit' and 'fuck'. Azzarello's writing is pretentious, the story is nearly incomprehensible, trying to pass for being deep and meaningful yet not really saying anything profound or interesting about Batman or his world. This book felt like it was written by an angsty teenager who thinks his edg ...more
Paul E. Morph
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, it’s unpopular opinion time again. I much preferred this to the ‘Joker’ graphic novel it’s a (sort of) sequel to. For starters, Bermejo’s artwork is much better in this one. He’s clearly been busy honing his art in the decade since ‘Joker’ was published. As for the story, while I do agree with a lot of this book’s critics that the dialogue could be better and the plot was a bit messy, I did like the overall horror movie tone and I absolutely loved the final twist*, leading to a much more e ...more
Chaunceton Bird
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Perfect. Everything Batman has needed to be for decades. Gone are the days of hokey daytime crime fighting and PG puzzle solving. Finally, Batman is written and illustrated with the grit, intrigue, and substance suitable for mature audiences.

The story is challenging, which is to say it requires the reader to think. The dialogue is from an unknown and (perhaps?) unreliable narrator. The narration examines the core attributes of Batman from unique angles. The depiction of familiar characters in n
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The DC Black Label imprint allows world-class authors and artists to write stand-alone stories featuring classic DC characters. To inaugurate this imprint, the first story to embrace the logo features two exciting creators who have accomplished incredible stories on their own and now look to stun the world with a dark and horrifying tale centered around Batman. Unfortunately, a controversy surges from this story and it is nothing more irrelevant
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Amanja
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
The complete review with pictures showing off the art can be found at https://amanjareads.com/2020/05/15/ba...

Batman: Damned is a 3 book limited run that kicks off the DC Black Label. DC's answer to even darker and even more brooding.

Batman: Damned is one of those incredibly frustrating books that is all flash with no substance.

The art is gorgeous. Let's get nothing wrong about that. It's stunning, creepy, detailed, and shocking. It's everything I want to look at with a darker comic book.

And th
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James DeSantis
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well...just about what I expect from Azzarello on anything other than Wonder Woman.

Batman starts off hurt and of course the rest of the story just jumps around. The timeline on this story actually is really confusing. Batman is hurt, then rescued by a friend, but then random cameos that are oversexulized and a rapper version of a real big villain in the DC Lore and...you know what? This story sucks. I wasn't a fan of Joker, but this is in the same vain, with more cursing, and not all that inter
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-print
Without a doubt the most interesting part of Batman: Damned 3-part over sized comic series is the 'Batwang' seen in Book 1. Yep, I was stoked (and still love, regardless of the controversy) that we finally saw a man with no clothes on in the Batman universe. And boy is he yummy. Add in the hot sexual version of Harley Quinn we get in book 2 and I can't help but be a huge fan of the art and lack of clothing in all genders. In fact all the stars I give this series are for sexy, gritty art.

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Ethan
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you get to read something groundbreaking. Something that redefines an entire medium of literature. Or an entire genre. Or something that forever changes our perspective. Batman: Damned is one of those books. It changes comic books forever.

The story, very briefly, revolves around Joker being murdered and Batman trying to find out if he killed him and, if he didn't, who did. The story is supernatural, involving Hell and demons and Constantine. The story is very dark, and wond
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Robert
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Already Know We're All Damned if We Do, Damned if We Don't...
Shelves: dc, hoopla
No Bat-wang in this digital edition.



The art, however, is very much the strong suit (birthday or otherwise) for this collection as the story is (mostly) hand wavy magic stuff and cameos from the usual Justice League Dark gang like the insufferable Constantine and Deadman, etc.

Bruce isn't OK

So in this story the Joker is found dead (or is he...?) and Batman is in rough shape himself, he starts to doubt himself and thinks maaaaaybe he did it? which leads to introspective reminiscing about his parents' failing m
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Logan
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Batman book that almost crippled DC Black Label, sent Vertigo to its death, all over a guys p****! So despite the controversy, I was a little excited to read this as I did enjoy Joker and Batman: Noel, for their darker look on Gotham and it's characters. So what did I think of this book?

I will say the best part of this book is Lee Bermejo's artwork, which is just as fantastic as it was in Batman: Noel and Joker! I love Bermejo's gritty and realistic design of the world and characters. I lov
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Sud666
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
Having recently finished Azzarello's excellent "Joker" comic, I heard that this was the sequel to that story. So I went and picked it up. There are certainly similarities with the "Joker" story, but this may have been a case of trying to hard.

The Joker story worked due to the psychotic nature of the Joker, in this story Azzarello has to juggle some of the continuity by making Thomas Wayne some kind of adulterous ass, his wife a whiny rich bitch and Bruce as a spoiled and soft kid. Not a great lo
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Rod Brown
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
An unpleasant Elseworlds story with yet another revamp of Batman's origin tucked in between roll call of cameos by DC's major supernatural characters. The art is eye-catching, but story is a mess of wouldn't-it-be-cool scenes and annoying-as-hell voiceover narration.

I had no idea until the end matter than the goth girl haunting Batman throughout the book was supposed to be Enchantress. I still have no idea why she was even in the book at all.
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Ryan Stewart
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Did you know Bruce's parents died? Want to experience it again for the millionth time, only this time it's the worst version and it spits on the Wayne family? Eh? EH?

Bermejo's art is phenomenal, but this story is an unbearable, incomprehensible disaster.

I find it ironic that they removed the penis from the art, but still allowed the script to suck one.
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Lazor Tom
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Admission: this is the first comic I have ever read. Or "graphic novel" as some call these collections. And I must say, I had no idea that a comic could be written with this level of depth. This book is incredible. The art entranced me, and the writing challenged me. Parsing out the story from the narration, and multiple characters was rewarding. I look forward to more of this. ...more
L. McCoy
Wow... y’all really weren’t kidding. Holy fuck.

What’s it about?
So basically the Joker is dead and Bruce starts experiencing weird shit. Some other stuff happens but it barely makes sense. Oh and there’s a subplot where Thomas Wayne was a cheater because... fuck it, why not?

Why it gets 1 star:
The story. It is stupid, uninteresting and so rushed that it barely seems to make any sense. If DC would have let Azzarello have another issue or two I think it would have maybe worked more but no, apparentl
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Alan
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm going to get a couple of items out of the way early in this review. The hullabaloo over Batman's penis is way overblown. Big deal, he's not a eunuch (oh wow bet I offended a Comicsgate person there). Maybe we raised our daughter weirdly, but she knew at a young age that people have body parts. some should not be shown in public, in our view, and its nothing to be ashamed of. I do agree that there is a discussion that the scene was done more for shock/titillation value, but then I'm really ge ...more
Jocelyn
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, graphic-novels
They had me at “THE JOKER IS DEAD!”
Say, what?

I’m going with two stars and that’s only because I liked (most of) the art. Ouch.
This is one I was saving for one of those nights I just needed a good escape. Pfft. I should have looked in to it further because had I known I was going down the spiritual journey hole from hell... I might have picked up something else.

Some of the art was downright haunting, which I sincerely appreciate in a graphic novel. But the storyline didn’t do it for me. I inter
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Alex
Nov 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: superhero-comics
Too much hype for a mediocre book with no plot and too much effort into building a lyrical script with no success. Oh, and Batman's dick. I mean, what did you manage when the highlight of your "deep" batman story is that you showed his willy? No merit at all. And this comes from the duo that made "Joker" ten years ago? lol.

It was a complete mess, from start to finish. Thank god i didn't fall for all the bullshit and buy it when it first came out.
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Marco
Sep 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
What?
Geo Kwnstantinou
I love the art of Lee Bermejo so much. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The story not so much..maybe because of Constantine...not my taste..
Craig
Feb 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Geez...what a load of crap. Complete and utter pretentious drivel...
Alex Sarll
Dinner dinner dinner dinner BATWANG. The knob that launched a thousand editorial notes. You won't see it in the collection, of course - only in first printings of the first issue was Little Bruce visible. But that was enough to draw the lidless eye of Corporate, put the once-mighty Vertigo out of its misery, and hobble the imprint this book inaugurated, Black Label, from birth. Adult tales of DC's heroes...but you know, not too adult. So, that's pretty much the same dark, pseudo-gritty mope most ...more
Garrett
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wow I can’t believe this was this bad considering the talent involved!
JT
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying the art was fantasic... Absolutely stunning. The story was good enough to keep me entertained. I actually like how Bruce's parents were portrayed. I didn't like the ending and how it left me with more questions then answers. ...more
Matt (TeamRedmon)
Mar 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was bad. Nonsensical and difficult to read. If you see this on the shelf pass it by. I'm so glad I got this from the library instead of buying it. ...more
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Brian Azzarello (born in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American comic book writer. He came to prominence with 100 Bullets, published by DC Comics' mature-audience imprint Vertigo. He and Argentine artist Eduardo Risso, with whom Azzarello first worked on Jonny Double, won the 2001 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story for 100 Bullets #15–18: "Hang Up on the Hang Low".

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