- Posted by Johanna on February 8, 2006 at 10:38 am
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics; $19.95 US
The Silver Age wasn’t kind to Batman, resulting in such goofiness as the Rainbow Batman and the Zebra Batman. Some of his most enjoyable stories came later, and a good selection are reprinted in Batman in the Seventies.
Under the guiding hand of Denny O’Neil, the Caped Crusader once again became the Dark Knight he was originally, driven by the memory of the circumstances that made him an orphan. With art primarily by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano, the comics had never looked better, and the style they established continues to influence superhero artists today.
This book contains such classics as “There Is No Hope in Crime Alley” and “Night of the Reaper” (set at the Rutland Halloween parade). A college-age Robin and a mature Batgirl team up in a story reprinted from the first issue of Batman Family. A character that I found terribly tragic as a young girl, Man-Bat, makes an appearance, and the origin of the Huntress brought back fond memories. (The Earth-2 version was once my favorite superhero.) An Alex Toth-illustrated story by the still-missed Archie Goodwin gives the character a different look.
Due to the longer stories, there are fewer complete stories included here than in some other reprint volumes, but the ones that made it in are moody epics, full of atmosphere and drama evoked through both art and text. This volume will show you why Batman has been such a long-time favorite of so many.