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cover:  Jim Aparo
Sep 2004
DC Comics

Introduction and chapter notes by comics historian John Wells.
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"Shadow Play"/"He With Secrets Fears the Sound"/"When Velvet Paws Caress the Ground"/"A Batman and the Outsiders Primer"/"To Kill a Legend"/"Transition"/"Pieces of Penguin"/"Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker…!" /"The Player on the Other Side"/"Fear for Sale" (192 pages)
writer: Len Wein, Doug Moench, Mike W. Barr, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, Barbara J. Randall, and Alan Brennert
art: 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

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    News: Batman in the Eighties Review at SBC

    October 13, 2004 10:22 pm
     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 #55.


    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.

    News: Batman in the 80s Review in Metro Toronto

    September 18, 2004 11:55 am
    Batman In The Eighties missing essentials
    Published September 14, 2004
    written by Jonathan P. Kuehlein/Metro Toronto

    Batman In The Eighties
    $30.95 (Canadian Price) (paperback)
    ** 1/2

    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 being reprinted.

    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.

     Jun 14, 2004 09:23 pm | DC Comics For Sep 2004
    From Comic Book Resources

    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!
    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