From Silver Bullet Comics
LINE OF FIRE REVIEWS: Batman in the Eighties
Posted: Friday, October 1
By: Michael Deeley
Reprinting material from: Batman #321, 348, and 384; Batman Special #1;
DC Sampler #3; Detective Comics #500, 518, 519, and 571; and New Titans
The stories that are included are very entertaining, and have a style
rarely seen in today’s comics. My favorite is “The Player on the Other
Side”, by Mike Barr, Michael Golden, and Mike DeCarlo. Batman faces The
Wrath, his criminal counterpart. The Wrath saw his criminal parents
killed by patrolman James Gordon on the same night Bruce saw his parents
killed. Ever since, he trained his mind and body for the singular
purpose of killing all who serve the law. I’d like to see this character
revived today, (and no, Prometheus doesn’t count; he lacked
discipline.) Also interesting is the two-part Batgirl story where
Batgirl’s efforts to arrest a computer thief are frustrated by the
thief’s brother. It’s a fairly complex emotional tale about guilt and
family. In another tale, Batman and Robin travel to an alternate Earth
where Batman has the chance to save his parents. That world will still
have a Batman, but he’ll act for very different reasons. The story is
called “To Kill a Legend”, but it seems a legend cannot die.
The only thing I would not have included
in this book is the two-page feature, ‘A Batman and the Outsiders
Primer’. It lists the characters, but gives you no sense of who they
really are or why they’re different from other teams. I’d have preferred
a full Outsiders story.
Overall, this is an entertaining
collection of Batman comics. We get some great art by Michael Golden,
Gene Colan, Klaus Janson, Alan Davis, Paul Neary, and George Perez.
Stories are by Mike Barr, Marv Wolfman, Len Wein, Gerry Conway, and Doug
Moench. You’d be hard pressed to find better writers in the 80s. Not
bad for $20.
Batman In The Eighties missing essentials
Published September 14, 2004
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Batman In The Eighties
$30.95 (Canadian Price) (paperback)
Some of the greatest Batman stories ever told were created in the 1980s.
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The
Killing Joke, which saw the definitive Joker origin tale; A Death In The
Family, the tragic demise of the second boy to be called Robin; and The
Cult, which saw veteran creators Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson unite
to have Batman’s spirit broken by an evil preacher are among some of
the best-ever tales of the Dark Knight.
And then, of course, there’s the big two:
Year One and The Dark Knight Returns, both by Frank Miller, with help
from Klaus Janson and David Mazzuchelli. They are the alpha and omega of
the modern Batman, the story of how he got started and how he ended up.
Both are generally agreed upon not only as being the best Batman
stories ever, but are ranked high among the best comics ever.
Yes, the 1980s were clearly a high-water
decade for the pointy-eared detective. It’s a shame that all that
success isn’t represented in Batman In The Eighties.
This collection of nine Batman tales from
the decade is devoid of all the issues of renown, likely because all of
them are still in print and there’s just no point in duplication. But
the powers that be still could have made more of a book worth having by
giving readers some landmark tales that have never had the fortune of
In the extremely detailed introduction
and cover galleries, the highlight of this volume, mention is made of
the landmark final issue of The Brave And The Bold, the first few comics
featuring the second Robin, several 50th anniversary commemorative
issues and several others that would have made this book an essential.
As it is, it’s a decent retrospective
with a bunch of mismatched stories that unfortunately isn’t nearly as
reflective of the decade that spawned them as it could be.
From Comic Book Resources
Jun 14, 2004 09:23 pm | DC Comics For Sep 2004
WONDER WOMAN: CHALLENGE OF THE GODS TP
Written by George Pérez & Len Wein
Art by Pérez & Bruce Patterson
Cover by Pérez
This second volume reprinting Pérez's
remarkable run on WONDER WOMAN collects WONDER WOMAN #7-14, featuring
the debut of the deadly Cheetah! CHALLENGE OF THE GODS also features a
new cover by Pérez and a gallery section of rare art!
BATMAN IN THE EIGHTIES TP
On sale Sept 8 o 176 pg, FC, $19.95 US
Written by Len Wein, Doug Moench, Mike W. Barr,
Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, Barbara J. Randall, and Alan Brennert
Art by Michael Golden, Alan Davis, Paul Neary, Gene Colan, Klaus Janson,
George Pérez, Romeo Tanghal, Don Newton, Alfredo Alcala, Walter
Simonson, Dick Giordano, Trevor Von Eeden, Rodin Rodriguez, Jim Aparo,
and Mike DeCarlo
Cover by Aparo
Nine of the best Batman stories of the
1980s are presented in BATMAN IN THE EIGHTIES, a new collection of
thrilling stories of the Dark Knight Detective featuring Robin,
Nightwing, Batgirl, The Joker, Penguin, and the Scarecrow! This volume
contains "Shadow Play" (from BATMAN #348), "He With Secrets Fears the
Sound" (DETECTIVE COMICS #518), "When Velvet Paws Caress the Ground"
(DETECTIVE COMICS #519), "A Batman and the Outsiders Primer" (DC SAMPLER
#3), "To Kill a Legend" (DETECTIVE COMICS #500), "Transition" (NEW
TITANS #55), "Pieces of Penguin" (BATMAN #384), "Dreadful Birthday, Dear
Joker…!" (BATMAN #321), "The Player on the Other Side," (BATMAN SPECIAL
#1), and "Fear for Sale" (DETECTIVE COMICS #571), complete with
introduction and chapter notes by comics historian John Wells.
On sale Sept 15 o 192 pg, FC, $19.95 US