Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? : With Other Tales of the Dark Knight

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Random House, Inc.
Best-selling author Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN) joins a murderer's row of talented artists in lending his unique touch to the Batman mythos for this Deluxe Edition hardcover! Spotlighting the story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" from BATMAN #685 and DETECTIVE COMICS #852 in which Gaiman joins artist Andy Kubert and inker Scott Williams for a story that shines a new light on the Batman mythos. Also collects Gaiman stories from SECRET ORIGINS #36, SECRET ORIGINS SPECIAL #1 and BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #2. This collection is not to be missed!

Baker & Taylor
"A man doesn't live forever-- a legend does. From the moment he declared war on crime, the Batman knew his story would eventually come to an end. But for each soul he has touched, either as an ally or an enemy, a lover or a friend, an inspiration or an obsession, the life of the Dark Knight-- and its tragic conclusion-- is viewed differently. Now those closest to the Caped Crusader gather for his memorial service. Stories are told, feelings are revealed and tears are shed in a final retrospective of Batman's long and astonishing career. And for those of you who think you know the Dark Knight, prepare to find out you never did" -- dust jacket flap.

& Taylor

Batman's funeral gives his friends and foes a chance to reflect on his sometimes contradictory character, their very different relationships with him, and the values he died to protect.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2009
Edition: Deluxe ed
ISBN: 9781401223038
Branch Call Number: Graphic Novel Gai
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Kubert, Andy
Williams, Scott 1960-


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Dec 13, 2016

After I read this book, I was almost at a loss for words. It was amazing in its entirety, I loved it! I adored the author's genius move of adding so many different character perspective. and i agree with another commenter here, my eyes were also a little misty on those last few panels. The book was amazingly written, I would read it 10 more times if i had to! :)

Jul 16, 2014

This is an excellent short read that is great for any fan of Batman or Neil Gaiman with an appreciation for good literature.

hebgen11 Jun 29, 2012

Disappointing and Pretencious. Really hard to get through. I like Neil Gaiman and love Batman but the combination of the two was a complete waste of time.

Apr 10, 2012

Personally, this is one of my all time favourite comics. I have been a fan of the Bat since I was five. This story is a beautiful memorial to the worlds greatest hero. I normally don't get emotional, but I got choked up near the end. I have re-read this multiple times and I still love it. This, in my opinion, is one of the greatest Batman stories ever told.

Jul 23, 2010

A beautiful edition of a pretty slim book. An ambitious idea not played out to its fullest

Jun 30, 2010

I wasn't crazy about this version of Batman. I think the character works better when mean and grizzled, as in Miller's YEAR ONE and DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, or monomaniacal and driven, as in Loeb and Sales' THE LONG HALLOWEEN or DARK VICTORY. Gaiman sort of tried to make Batman a vehicle for the ordinary mortal's viewpoint, a vector for his philosophizing on mortality and meaning and so on. Batman isn't good at those things; he's not an Everyman because he's too marginalized, crazy, repressed. He's not a good stand-in for ordinary people because he is so weird and specific to his surroundings. Other characters – Luke Skywalker, Hamlet – muse about good and evil or life and death, but Batman must constrain the scope of his wonderings to, say, problems of defining justice (ie. Whether or not he should kill the Joker, since that would save lives down the line.)


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Apr 10, 2012

In this beautiful story, friend and foes alike meet in a small building on crime alley to pay their final respects to the greatest hero that ever lived. However, Batman is not quite dead. He watches as a ghost while a mysterious woman waits with him. He listens as his companions and enemies tell their tales, which vastly conflict. Everyone thinks he died a different way. As the final lingerers leave, he begins to have flashbacks, the woman talking to him all the time. Then, finally, he floats into the vastness of space after a beautiful finale, in which he says goodbye to everything and everyone he has ever known. If you are an emotional person, don't read this!


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Apr 10, 2012

"The end of the story of Batman is, he's dead. Because in the end, Batman dies. What else am I going to do? Retire and play golf? It doesn't work that way. It can't. I fight until I drop. And one day, I will drop…

…But until then, I fight."

- Batman


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