- Taschenbuch: 128 Seiten
- Verlag: Titan Books Graphic Novels (29. Januar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 184856449X
- ISBN-13: 978-1848564497
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 0,9 x 25,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.181.926 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Batman (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Januar 2010
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Fabian Nicieza has written a fan-favourite run on X-Men, as well as many other titles including Cable and Deadpool and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kevin Maguire is a top-tier artist with a unique gift for facial expressions. He most recently reunited with Glffen and DeMatteis on Formerly Known As The Justice League
Catwoman hat Barbara Gordon/Batgirl ein Notizbuch geklaut, welches sie kurz vorher ihrem Vater Commissioner Gordon klaute. Nach der unvermeidbaren Konfrontation rauft man sich irgendwie zusammen um eine Freundin Kyles/Catwoman aus den Krallen russischer Mafiosis zu kloppen.
Wäre The Cat and the Bat ein Film würde man ihn am ehesten in die Buddymovieecke stellen. Sprich: die klassische "zwei gegensätzliche Figuren können sich nicht leiden müssen aber zusammenarbeiten" Formel. Meistens ist es furchtbar unlustig aber hier geht die Rechnung tatsächlich auf.
Wirklich Tiefgang hat die Story nicht. Sie wird vorwiegend von Batgirl getragen, welche noch am Anfang ihrer Vigilantenkarriere steckt und, trotz etlicher Rückschläge und Selbstzweifel, selbstbewusst versucht sich als vollwertiges Mitglied der Bat-Familie zu beweisen. Normalerweise ist Humor welcher sich aus Stutenbissigkeit ergibt immer eine Sache für sich. Meist ergibt sich dieser aus nerviger Rumzickerei welche den Leser eher peinlich berührt denn erheitert. Aber Fabian Niecieza beweist hier wirklich Händchen und übertritt nie die Grenze zum plumpen Schenkelklopferhumor. Der konsequente Showdown, schließlich versucht sich Batgirl stets zu beweisen, findet im Arkham Asylum statt. Dort eingeschlossen und auf sich alleine gestellt startet sie, einen eher unfreiwilligen "Hindernisslauf", zur Kontrollzentrale welche vom Riddler besetzt ist.
Batman selbst taucht nur relativ kurz auf und auch eher in Form seiner überstrengen Mentorenrolle als wirkliche Hauptperson. Der Fokus ist eindeutig auf Batgirl gelegt.
The Cat And The Bat bietet jetzt nicht viel neues macht aber dennoch Spass wenn man Barbara Gordon/Batgirl mag.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Easy reading with some unusually risky panels. A "can-" not a "must-read".
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The infamous orgy scene (parental complaints made the papers) comes about half-way through. Maguire manage to draw the whole scene without once showing any naughty bits but it shows how seriously they're taking this. For the rest of the story the two women's costumes become more and more ragged until they're showing almost as much skin as they were in the Gotham City Hedonist Society.
That being said the book is very well-written and very well drawn. Nicieza writes a young Barbara Gordon just starting on her career as Batgirl and still nervous about filling Batman's shoes. Catwoman is cocky and arrogant, determined to humble Batman's latest protege. The chase ends with Batgirl having to outfight or out-think most of Batman's foes in the depths of Arkham Asylum and shows why the character is so admirable.
Maguire draws some of the best faces in the business, able to convey subtle feelings much better than almost any artist in the business. It's almost a shame they decided to go the cheesecake route because it undercuts the good character work both creators do.
So this is a fun superhero story with lots of good looking women wearing not much clothing. If that's your thing check it out.
The story may be a little off if you care strongly about continuity. Barbara mentions her junior year in college and tried out for the police force which puts her age around 20-22. She speaks of Robin as if she is attracted to him. I would hope that means he is at least 17 or 18. But if I remember correctly, in Batgirl year one, Robin had to be driven around by Alfred which implies he is under 16. Minor nitpick.
I'm not a big fan of Kevin Maguire's work on Justice League International, but for the most part, the artwork was pretty good. He draws a better Batgirl than either Catwoman or Batman. And, I found at least two occasions where Catwoman's neck was way too long (more like Giraffewoman). So art quality is not a high point and the main reason I downgraded to 4 stars.
For parents interested in buying for their child, there is a multiple page section of the story where everyone in the story is naked (a hedonistic club). "Camera angles" are done so as not to show anything (as a matter of fact, most superheroes show more with their skintight outfits than you see in any part of the nude scenes). But the pages are there and the nudity is heavily implied.
Overall, very enjoyable.
After reading batman and Detective Comics for a while, I began to expand into reading Superman, Spider-man and a slew of other Marvel and DC characters and I realized something about Batman Comics; the artwork on the monthly books did not compare well to other comics on the shelf. At that time, Batman was drawn by Jim Aparo, whose work by then had grown stagnant and rigid under Mike DeCarlo's heavy inking, while Detective Comics was illustrated in the dynamic but not very detailed pencil strokes of Norm Breyfogle. My point of explaining all this is that I began to make a list in my head of artist I would like to see handle the Dark Knight, and one of the names at the top of the list was Kevin Maguire, the artist of the humourous version of the Justice League.
Almost 20 years later I have my wish, and this tale of Batgirl and Catwoman struggling over a certain incriminating diary stolen from Commissioner Gordon suits the artist's talents very well. His knack for drawing facial expressions (as well as the female form) are a perfect fit for this cheeky story, and while I do not appreciate cheesecake in my Batman stories, the simplicity and elegance of the artwork make up for the less than serious tone.
As for Fabien Nicieza's writing; I was a little concerned when I heard he was providing the script. I have found much of his writing to be confusing and breathlessly paced to a fault in some cases. But he does well here, letting the story breath and the action unfold over five issues, and to his credit, allowing the art to do most of the talking. I'd like to point out his strong use of the Joker, who's brief cameo presented a more sinister Joker than other writers manage in a 6 issue mini series.
I would point out one small continuity gaff here though, which is that Batman, Batgirl and way too many mobsters know Catwoman's secret identity, something Batman finds out years later after the Knightfall storyline.
This book reprints the forth story arc from the Batman:Confidential monthly series, and gives us another strong entry after the equally good "Batman: the Wrath", for much the same reasons. The artwork is strong, the writing is crisp, and the editors chose wisely to avoid Batman's early years, which have been overloaded with retro-fitted stories or retelling of encounters with Batman's classic villains. Setting this story in the Dick Grayson years as Robin is refreshing since very few modern Batman tales are told in this era. This arc is a good way to make amends for the disappointing Batman vs. Lex Luther tale, "Rules of Engagement", or the awful Batman Vs. Joker: Round 1 (version 3.0) story, "Lovers and madmen".
More like this please, and definitely more form Kevin Maguire.
The art here is quirky and fun -- not the sexpot versions of these character readers are mostly familiar with. The story is light and enjoyable, though there are a few more "adult" moments that I would not allow a child under 10 years to see.
Overall, this is a great read for teens and adults. And it's a steal at Amazon's price! Let's hope there are more Batgirl/Catwoman team-ups where this one came from. They are both extraordinary female characters, and they deserve this kind of stellar treatment.
The drawings are in the style of Frank Cho, but not as good. You can visualise the audience for whom this comic is targetted.