Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Batman: Under The Hood (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Impressive.

Before the Animated Movie "Under the Red Hood" (the same story, but with a slightly different title) is released in a couple months, I thought I'd give a review of the book. Originally released in two volumes, Batman: Under the Hood is dynamite!

A figure from the Caped Crusader's past unexpectedly returns, forcing him to revisit the most tragic event of his crime-fighting career. The psychotic, disfigured Black Mask has seized control of Gotham City's criminal underworld, but his rule is challenged by the mysterious Red Hood, who has hijacked a crate full of 100 pounds of Kryptonite.

The Kryptonite connection ensures that Superman puts in an appearance, as do Nightwing, Green Arrow, and the sorceress Zatanna. But this is mostly a Batman story, as the Dark Knight gradually realizes, to his horror, whose face is under the hood (a revelation that will have more resonance for longtime readers).

This is probably my favorite Judd Winick story, and Doug Mahnke's & Dustin Nguyen's artwork is decent, if not good for this type of "dark" Batman plot.

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