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7.0

pretty good, albeit very unnecessary. there are a lot of complaints about sale's artwork but honestly i don't think it's that bad. I loved tim sale's art but he wasn't always the most consistent artist. leaves on a cliffhanger, which is unknown if it will ever be resolved due to sale's untimely passing. still worth a read

Batman: The Long Halloween: Special #1

By: Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
Released: Oct 27, 2021

Twenty-five years ago, you thought you knew the whole story of Batman: The Long Halloween. Now, legendary creators Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale return to Gotham City to reveal that no secret remains buried forever! Join us for the return of the Batman Halloween specials and a mystery that could destroy Batman, Commissioner Gordon, Two-Face, and…well, t...

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8.5

i didn't realize this when I first read this years ago, but to me dark victory is essentially part 2 of the long Halloween. I know a lot of people will find that obvious, but I mean it in the way that everything wraps up so perfectly in the long Halloween that it feels like dark victory was always planned. honestly, i believe it was. great book

Batman: Dark Victory Collected

By: Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale

Collecting BATMAN: DARK VICTORY #0-13, this epic continues the story of THE LONG HALLOWEEN. It is early in Batman's crimefighting career, when James Gordon, Harvey Dent, and the vigilante himself were all just beginning their roles as Gotham's protectors.

Once a town controlled by organized crime, Gotham City suddenly finds itself be...

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5.5

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #20

By: Dennis O'Neil, Russ Braun
Released: Jun 26, 1991

The 5-part "Venom" storyline reaches its intense conclusion! It's the final temptation of Batman, as he must defeat drug-enhanced man-made creatures without giving in to the yearning demons within himself. If The Dark Knight succumbs, Alfred's life will be forfeit!

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5.0

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #19

By: Dennis O'Neil, Russ Braun
Released: May 29, 1991

Batman tracks Dr. Porter to a small island, and Alfred's life is at stake as The Dark Knight faces monstrous men and a watery death trap! All it'll take to defeat his enemies and save Alfred is just one more dose of the drug he's trying to kick. But that means becoming Dr. Porter's slave!

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packtsardines liked this:
10

I love this book so much. But i need Supergirl to appear again.

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #7

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Sep 21, 2022

BRAND-NEW STORY ARC! The untold story of Superman's short-lived sidekick is at last revealed, but what secret connection to one of DC's most timeless tales does this story foreshadow? Only time will tell (that's a clue, folks). The next epic arc in the World's Finest saga begins here! INTRODUCING: BOY THUNDER!

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7.0

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #18

By: Dennis O'Neil, Russ Braun
Released: May 1, 1991

Batman's fighting off the effects of the strength-enhancing drug, so he's locked himself away in the Batcave and instructed Alfred not to open it--no matter what Alfred hears! Now, The Dark Knight faces the monstrous challenge of battling his own nightmares.

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7.0

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #17

By: Dennis O'Neil, Russ Braun
Released: Mar 27, 1991

Batman becomes more and more addicted to the strength-enhancing drug, but have things gone too far? Can he pull himself together before he's exploited? Or will one of his closest allies be caught in the crossfire between The Dark Knight and a dark dependence?

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packtsardines rated The Man of Steel #3 Sep 27, 2022
5.5

The Man of Steel #3

By: John Byrne

Superman heads to Gotham City and finds himself at odds with the brutal--and oftentimes unlawful--methods Batman uses to fight crime when the Dark Knight tricks Superman into helping him by putting an innocent life on the line!

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7.0

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #16

By: Dennis O'Neil, Russ Braun
Released: Feb 27, 1991

The 5-part, fan-favorite "Venom" storyline begins here! When a failed mission causes Batman to question his physical abilities, he's introduced to a new chemical alternative. But once he swallows the drug, Batman finds himself on a dangerous path between who he is and the monster he could become!

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packtsardines added Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) to their pull list Sep 26, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022)

The Dark Knight. The Man of Steel. They are the two finest superheroes that the world has ever known...and they're together again in an epic new series from the legendary talents of Mark Waid and Dan Mora! In the not-too-distant past, Superman's powers are super-charged from a devastating chemical attack by the villain Metallo...and the only ally t...

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8.5

great start to a new arc

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #7

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Sep 21, 2022

BRAND-NEW STORY ARC! The untold story of Superman's short-lived sidekick is at last revealed, but what secret connection to one of DC's most timeless tales does this story foreshadow? Only time will tell (that's a clue, folks). The next epic arc in the World's Finest saga begins here! INTRODUCING: BOY THUNDER!

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9.0

Batman: The Long Halloween Collected

By: Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale

Taking place during Batman's early days of crime-fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the clock as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victi...

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5.0

basically agree with everything hex said

also detective comics annual #8 (origin of riddler by chuck dixon) so I'm giving it a 9/10 since it's incredibly well done

Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #3

By: Alan Grant, Brian Apthorp
Released: Aug 23, 1995

It's the Dark Knight's first encounter with the deadly and deranged botanical genius Poison Ivy.

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packtsardines liked this:
5.5

While it reminded me of a BTAS episode, it was gratuitous. Neither Bruce nor Batman's voices felt natural. Ivy felt like Ivy but she was very one dimensional. The worst part about this book is that it's supposed to take place during Year One and the tone does not fit at all.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #3

By: Alan Grant, Brian Apthorp
Released: Aug 23, 1995

It's the Dark Knight's first encounter with the deadly and deranged botanical genius Poison Ivy.

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5.5

this just feels very padded honestly. like it should have been a three issue mini-series but went to 6 for some reason. will be dropping the series because I'm unfortunately not invested enough to read 3 more issues of this

Batman and the Monster Men #3

By: Matt Wagner
Released: Jan 4, 2006

A mad scientist has created a race of giant monster men to do his bidding. As they rampage through Gotham, a young Dark Knight is forced to learn that there are evils in the city far stranger than mobsters and street criminals.

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6.5

I like it a little bit more, but nothings really gripping me yet. Also one of the events was cool but then upon further thought didn’t really add much to the plot

Batman and the Monster Men #2

By: Matt Wagner
Released: Dec 7, 2005

Hidden in Gotham's shadows are secrets far darker than the Batman could ever have imagined. Who is the savage killer baffling the police? What is the sinister agenda of the impish scientist Hugo Strange?

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6.5

alright first issue, i just don't understand why it's so hard to decipher who is narrating

Batman and the Monster Men #1

By: Matt Wagner
Released: Nov 16, 2005

Batman has spent the early days of his career taking down the criminals and street thugs that plague Gotham City. But now a new threat arises he may not be prepared for as Hugo Strange begins experiments to create something more dangerous than normal villains--something more super.

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8.0

i accidentally deleted my original review of the comic but whatever lol. it's a lot better second read, very much like the parallels to the original appearance of the joker. good comic

Batman: The Man Who Laughs #1

By: Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke
Released: Feb 9, 2005

Superstar writer Ed Brubaker (CATWOMAN, GOTHAM CENTRAL) teams with artist Doug Mahnke (FINAL CRISIS, GREEN LANTERN) to tell the tale of Batman's first battle against his greatest enemy: the Joker!

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packtsardines rated Batman Year One Aug 21, 2022
8.5

Batman Year One

By: Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli

A new edition of one of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever, written by Frank Miller, author of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS!

In 1986, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of Batman--who he is and how he came to be.

Written shortly aft...

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packtsardines reviewed Batman #0 Aug 20, 2022
7.0

basically just a recap for new readers during the zero hour event, but framed in a really interesting way. honestly this would be a good introduction issue to batman if someone wanted it a summary; it's a very brief but well done distillation of his character

Batman #0

By: Doug Moench, Mike Manley
Released: Sep 28, 1994

A ZERO HOUR tie-in! Bruce Wayne remembers how his parents' violent deaths at the hands of a two-bit gunman drove him to become the Dark Knight of Gotham City, and hints of a never-before revealed dark episode in Batman's early career are exposed. Continued in BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #0.

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7.0

Detective Comics #472

By: Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers
Released: Sep 7, 1977

Robin manages to rescue Alfred and Bruce Wayne from Hugo Strange's clutches.

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7.0

Detective Comics #471

By: Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers
Released: Aug 3, 1977

Bruce Wayne goes to the "sanitarium" of a Dr. Todhunter to seek treatment for his radiation burns.

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packtsardines liked this:
10

Waid really understands the lighter side of these characters, and nails every piece of dialogue. Great series, perfect issue.

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #6

By: Mark Waid, Travis Moore
Released: Aug 17, 2022

THE FLYING GRAYSON FLIES THROUGH TIME! The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel might have been victorious in their battle against the dreaded Devil Nezha (but were they, though? More on that to come, kids...) but there's one thing they forgot in all the madness...Dick! Robin the Boy Wonder is lost in time like some kind of chrono-Home Alone...and to f...

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9.5

holy kino

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #6

By: Mark Waid, Travis Moore
Released: Aug 17, 2022

THE FLYING GRAYSON FLIES THROUGH TIME! The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel might have been victorious in their battle against the dreaded Devil Nezha (but were they, though? More on that to come, kids...) but there's one thing they forgot in all the madness...Dick! Robin the Boy Wonder is lost in time like some kind of chrono-Home Alone...and to f...

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7.5

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #5

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Jul 20, 2022

THE FIRST ARC OF WORLD'S FINEST CONCLUDES WITH A SHOCKING FORESHADOWING OF DCU EVENTS TO COME! The sinister machinations of the devil Nezha have run ragged the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight ever since he made his first terrifying debut in Detective Comics #1050...but what secrets does this villain hold for the future of the DCU? Clues abound for...

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8.5

absolute insanity but i love it

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #4

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Jun 22, 2022

As Robin and Supergirl race to retrieve the secrets of the Devil Nezha from ancient China, Batman and Superman get more than they bargained for in the present! To save humanity from the fires of the demon, the World's Finest must go toe-to-toe with the protector of Sector 2814...Hal Jordan.

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8.0

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #3

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: May 18, 2022

Great Scott! It's a twisted time-travel tale of titanic tenure! In an attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery of the demon, Robin the Boy Wonder and the Supergirl of Krypton venture back in time to China circa 1600 B.C.-running headfirst into the ancient superheroes known as the House of Ji! Meanwhile, Superman and Batman are losing a race agai...

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8.0

i like the first issue more due to how bombastic it was but this is still a very fun issue. the art is stellar and the team-up between two heroes (not batman and superman, another two i wont spoil) was unexpected and a blast to read.

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #2

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Apr 20, 2022

The Man of Steel and the Dark Knight have arrived at the compound of Niles Caulder-the Chief in charge of that strange band of misfits known as the Doom Patrol-but all is not as it seems. While Batman works with Niles to cure Superman of his freakish transformations, a side mission to track a mysterious figure known as "the Demon" attracts the Dark...

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8.5

wow this was great! also wow i really have grown to love the yellow and black bat symbol lol

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #1

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Mar 16, 2022

The Dark Knight. The Man of Steel. They are the two finest superheroes that the world has ever known...and they're together again in an epic new series from the legendary talents of Mark Waid and Dan Mora! In the not-too-distant past, Superman's powers are super-charged from a devastating chemical attack by the villain Metallo...and the only ally t...

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packtsardines reviewed Detective Comics #457 Aug 18, 2022
6.0

i like the batman story, but i do think it was handled way better in the animated series. will say i like the ending a lot. the elongated man short was charming (and made me like ralph dibny) but it's very funny to me that Henry Kissinger was on top of the list of the most admired couples. very 70s lol

Detective Comics #457

By: Dennis O'Neil, Dick Giordano
Released: Mar 3, 1976

“THERE IS NO HOPE IN CRIME ALLEY!” Every night on this date, Batman abandons all other crimes and missions and secretly heads to visit Leslie Thompkins. En route, Batman stops a car-radio theft and two muggings. When one of the muggers pulls a gun on him in Crime Alley, Batman loses his temper and knocks the mugger silly while having a flashbac...

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