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    Must read for Batman fans

    If you are a fan of Batman read this book
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    Overall An Excellent Read

    I grew up on Hickman's work, so when I saw he had written a Batman novel, I instantly picked it up. From the first page to the last, Hickman nails the caped crusader and Bruce Wayne, his issues (especially with getting older), and his own inner conflicts with his parents. Hickman's writing style for this book works extremely well and his years of writing experience shows immensely. The action flows from one scene to another and the fight scenes are masterfully crafted. A lot of the technology is explained with enough science as to be believable in how Batman uses it, and coupled with Hickman's description of how Batman's body is slowly breaking down due to his age and lifestyle, it creates a very realistic Batman/Bruce Wayne. Now the one area the novel sort of flounders is in Hickman's depiction of the recognizable villains. Though he tends to get their tone generally right, characters like the Joker just don't hit the proper beats. (unlike, say [book:Batman: No Man's Land|107105] which nails the Joker on the nose) Now, I will admit that the task of putting Joker to paper and having him come across as himself is a bit... challenging, and Hickman does a fairly good job of it, so this is less of a crit and more of a nit-pick. But enough of one to help make this a 4 star book over a 5 star. One character that Hickman did an impeccable job with is Alfred. Alfred was everything I expected him to be, and all of his behaviours and actions fell exactly in line with who is as a character to me. I was greatly impressed and highly enjoyed reading him within these pages, which makes Bruce's behaviour towards his butler seem that much more harsh. In the end, as a comic book fan, this book was right up my alley and I greatly enjoyed it. If you are a comic fan, or more so a Batman fan, I can't suggest you pick this book up enough. Unlike <I>No Man's Land</I>, this book offers a far more personable Batman and delves into Bruce's family history, a place not many things seem to delve. Overall, a book well worth picking up.
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    Good but not great

    Enjoyed the book on my vacation not one of Tracy's best.
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