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    Reviews - Batman - TPB

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Oh no........they didn't, - Thai
Contains Major spoilers!

Hmmm this is a bit of a difficult one.
If I was reviewing this on a simply entertainment level it wouldnít get a bad score due to the fact that the majority of the TPB was entertaining but If I was asked if this was a good read on a literature level I would have to no.
The dialogue in places is good, Black Mask is very amusing and his liking for murder makes him one of Bat-Manís more formidable foes.
In fact the dialogue isnít bad in any sense but itís just the notion of bringing back Jason Todd as a whole that offends me.
I think it would be best summed up as itís a well told story, problem is I don't like the story being told.

Bringing back someone from the dead is one of my pet hates in comics and unfortunately it happens all the time but I thought Jason Todd was one of those rare exceptions after all he has been dead for nearly twenty years but no it appears although the Red Hood is Jason Todd.
To be fair this trade doesnít explore the notion of how he returns but I canít see any explanation as to how he would, even Lazarus Pitís are rarer then rocking horse shit these dayís.
Itís especially frustrating when Todd states that he switched places with Clayface in what can only be the Hush storyline, if this did indeed happen then it makes the Hush storyline even cloudier. If it indeed is Todd who appears in Hush then this would have been Hushís/Riddlers ace card to play imagine what impact this would have had on Bat-Man during this arc certainly more profound then suddenly switching with Clayface.
It certainly wouldnít of made sense to let him disappear without a trace for a couple of years, and why would Todd come back now of all times?

The art is good and has a nice clear clarity to it and there is not one part of this book where youíre trying to work out whatís going on.
The fight scenes are also drawn to a high standard it is the first time Iíve come across Doug Mahnke but I like what I see. Paul Leeís art isnít quite so crisp though and his Superman looks like a carbon copy of the fifties cartoon.

Unfortunately this trade can only be considered as hovering above mediocre though as there is really no other way to look at this then a very silly idea and I donít know how it got out of the pitching stage.

6.3 Out of ten





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