All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder
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Frank Miller, the creator of Sin City and talent responsible for some of Batman's greatest tales, (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, BATMAN: YEAR ONE) teams with superstar artist Jim Lee (BATMAN: HUSH) to bring you the high-octane origin story of Dick Grayson's transformation into Robin, the Boy Wonder. This ultimate tale of the Dynamic Duo features guest appearances by Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Black Canary and Batgirl is available in softcover for the first time.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #204160 in Books
- Published on: 2009-06-30
- Released on: 2009-06-30
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .46" h x 6.80" w x 10.06" l, .87 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 240 pages
- ISBN13: 9781401220082
- Condition: New
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There are some really odd opinions out there...
This is Frank Miller's Batman. It's not "your" Batman; it's not a "classic" Batman. People have lost their damn minds over this comic, what with the swearing and the "woeful" and "preposterous" use of the characters in the universe. But people are short sighted. Horrible though Miller's movies may be, he's pretty adept at drawing out the virus of Batman's dementia, and he has been, from DARK KNIGHT RETURNS ONWARD. People act like this version is repulsive in his demeanor and actions. IN THE DAMN PROLOGUE TO DKR, Miller calls Batman, "The Cruel One." He's always had this picture in his mind of a realistic Batman--one who psychologically is broken to the point where he, with no powers to speak of, puts on a suit and fights crime. If it helps you to understand it, picture it as Miller's version of the Watchmen, and Batman is a mix of Night Owl and Rorschach. PSYCHOLOGICALLY SPEAKING this is infinitely more likely than a saintly choir boy with the 200 IQ and the total absence of a sex drive. I was absolutely blown away by the redrawing of the lines in this story, and as "non-canonical" as some wish to deem it, it represents a number of characters in different, and assuredly Miller-esque, lights. Let go of your pretensions, think about it long and hard, and if you were to be forced to envision a human who dresses in a costume and physically fights criminals, you'd be hard pressed to come up with a better rendition than Frank Miller's All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder. After DKR became one of the most popular graphic novels of all time (UTILIZING THE SAME PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE OF BATMAN), "poor" Frank Miller must be scratching his head something awful after the critical reception to this novel... [although, to address some downsides... Miller's attempts at updating the dialog fail miserably. Dude simply hasn't got a handle on it.]
and Jim Lee's art is abso-flipping-lutely fantastic.
Please, please, please, I would love to see this work finished properly.
Basically if you want great art and an overly angry Batman with little story then this is for you. If not you should wait and see if Vol. 2 ever gets completed and see if the story picks up.
This collects the first 9 issues of this series. I bought the first 9 single issues, even though they were often delayed. My problem wasn't the over the top take on Batman and the rest of the Justice League (which at times is annoying and a bit much), my problem is that nothing seems to happen in these 9 issues. Sure Jim Lee's art is great and Batman being a d&%$ is kind of fun but outside of Robin's tragedy and some random thugs and cops getting beaten up it's all set up. Set up for a second run that will take God knows how long for them to complete, if it ever happens.
If you want Frank Miller and Batman buy: Batman Year One or Dark Knight Returns.
If you want Jim Lee and Batman buy: Hush.
Few things can be said about Frank Miller. To some, he's one of the greatest things to even happen to the comic book industry, creating some of the most influential comic stories of all time. Others would rather have him roll over and die. All Star Batman falls between the two of these options, you either hate it, love it, or think it needs to tighten up a little bit.
I fall into the third option. I wasn't sure on whether to pick up this collection because so many people were just trashing this book. But I figured that I should try it and decide afterwords. While there are some gripes I do have about this book, overall I thought it was a good story and needed a little work. one of the biggest redeeming factors is Jim Lee's art work. It's just plain incredible. His Batman is how the character should look. But this Batman isn't the right Batman. I much prefer his work in Batman: Hush.
Now the main issue I have with All Star Batman is Batman himself. Miller makes him a deranged psychopath. It's like he's Joker in tights with his jumping off buildings while laughing maniacally. It just doesn't fit at ALL! Add on the fact that Batman partakes in random acts of fornication. Like I said, nothing fits. Gordan is a cheating sleaze, Wonder Woman is pure estrogen (more than she usually is), Superman and Green Lantern act like pansies, and Plastic Man is...well, he's just nuts.
While I have my issues with this series, I did enjoy the story. Redoing Robin's origin is a strong base to start from, though I was expecting more Batman and Robin teamwork and more Joker.
Overall, this collection is an okay collection to tear into, despite the extreme character changes.