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Book Title: Batman: Holy Terror|
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The author of the book: Alan Brennert
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: February 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9781563890185
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 471 KB
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Not to be confused with the Frank Miller comic of the same name, Batman: Holy Terror is the Caped Crusader’s yarn of the ecclesiastical and the divine. However, there is nothing holy about this comic. Nothing but 50 pages of terror is the true product: how could a comic be so (goddamn!) awful?
Already from the get-go, a single page voiceover of this city is abruptly zoomed into the latest crisis in media res. Another jizz encrusted story of the death of Wayne’s parents with the omnipresent bats splashes forth. However, the means and the motive are altered as are the clothings and verbiage. Seemingly a setting from the 17th/18th century is the alternate timeline du jour with faux Old English (e.g. towne) and powder wigs to match!
This would be make sense until another two pages later, a television news channel montage plugs a choppy series of details concerning this modulated timestream. Going from powdered wigs and a smattering of (faux) Old English to electronic screens, I was completely lost with this expository scene that did more to confuse than to elucidate. Without a single (goddamn!) date to demarcate where things were chronologically, I only became increasingly lost some ten pages in.
Which is a real problem because there is a severe disconnect between what the author wanted to accomplish and the meager amount of pages at his disposal. Seemingly wanting to cram everything into a mere ~50 pages, bizarrely mangled references ranging from V for Vendetta to the internalized world of The Bat himself are brutalized beyond belief. Shitty paneling only manages to convolute this story further and further each (goddamn) page of the way.
Perhaps with a larger width of pages, this could have developed into something worthwhile but, it didn’t. And we’re stuck with more and more comic book muck of the worst design. Even though this fell under the Elseworld imprimatur, it feels like its more akin to Else-Universe more than anything.
More perversion than pastiche, this comic sees fit to rip to shreds everything that made this series great. Cutting where it should not (view spoiler)[Alfred is gone! (hide spoiler)]. And pasting who it should not (view spoiler)[The Flash, in a Batman comic – really? (hide spoiler)] this comic takes the definition of mess to an even lower level. (view spoiler)[Batman actually talks about killing people – Really! (hide spoiler)]
In conclusion, this story amounts to a botched circumcision. What perhaps might have started with the best intentions has left an otherwise healthy corpus disfigured and unusable. Permanent disfigurement is the wretched result.
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Read information about the authorAlan Brennert is the author of the historical novels Palisades Park, Honolulu (chosen one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post), and Moloka'i, which won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year (and has sold over 600,000 copies since publication). It was also a 2012 One Book, One San Diego selection. He has won an Emmy Award and a People's Choice Award for his work as a writer-producer on the television series L.A. Law, and his short story "Ma Qui" was honored with a Nebula Award. His new novel, Daughter of Moloka'i, will be published by St. Martin's Press on February 19, 2019. Follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alan.brennert.
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