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Batman. Whatever happened to the Caped Crusader? : with other tales of the Dark Knight

by Neil Gaiman; Andy Kubert; Scott Williams; Simon Bisley; Mark Buckingham; Mike Hoffman; Kevin Nowlan; Matt Wagner

  Print book  |  Deluxe ed

Goodnight Batman!   (2009-09-26)

Very Good

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by tiamatq

Friends, enemies, and acquaintances gather to remember Batman at his funeral, as the Caped Crusader's spirit watches and wonders what's going on.  No two stories are alike, but this is a way of reconciling the Batman stories and legends, and as each person steps up to tell about Batman's demise, the artwork and language take on new life.  If you've been following Batman for ages, you'll recognize the storylines and inspirations for these stories.

I thought this was a great "ending" to the Batman story, though if there's anything that this book goes out of its way to say, it's that the Batman legend doesn't end.  However, the funeral seems a bit short - I mean, with this cast of characters, Gaiman could've gone on and on, but a few more stories wouldn't have hurt!  The three stories included afterward are great, and I particularly enjoyed "A Black and White World," probably because I'm a fan of stories and TV shows that break the fourth wall.

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