Monday, 27 September 2010

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader - Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert

Release Date: 27/08/10


New York Times Number 1 best-selling author Neil Gaiman takes on The Dark Knight! Neil Gaiman, co-creator of The Sandman and writer of The Graveyard Book , re-teams with his collaborator on Marvel's 1602, superstar artist Andy Kubert, to tell the story that delves into life, death and the afterlife, leaving no stone unturned and exploring every aspect of The Dark Knight's life and crime-fighting career. This tale parallels the classic Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? epic, written by Alan Moore.


Gaiman is often said to be a man who takes a tale a new route to the previously expected offerings. Yet here in this one about Gotham’s crime fighting hero you get a story that’s more of a backtale (or bat tale if you prefer) that pays homage to the various incarnations of Batman alongside the Villains he fought. It’s definitely something that’s a tribute to all that’s gone before and with the beautiful artwork of Andy Kubert to back each panel up you know that it’s a story that will add to the rich history of what has gone before. Definitely a tale that is more nostalgic than anything else and one that fans will love especially with a number of references that those old enough to remember the TV series will love make this a story that will endear itself hopefully to new readers in this beautifully scripted offering.

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