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Batman: Gotham After Midnight (Anglais) Broché – 8 septembre 2009

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  • Broché: 296 pages
  • Editeur : DC Comics (8 septembre 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1401222382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401222383
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,9 x 1 x 25,9 cm
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3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Présence TOP 50 COMMENTATEURS sur 7 décembre 2009
Format: Broché
Il s'agit d'une minisérie (ou maxisérie) en 12 épisodes écrite par Steve Niles (scénariste de 30 Days of Night) et illustrée par Kelley Jones, spécialiste des histoires décalées de Batman (au choix Batman Tales of the Multiverse: Batman-Vampire ou Batman: Haunted Gotham).

Dans cette histoire, un nouveau criminel exécute froidement des membres de la pègre et de la police ; il fait régner la terreur sur Gotham à tel point que plus personne n'ose sortir la nuit (donc plus aucun crime la nuit). Non seulement il a réussi là où Batman a échoué, mais en plus il semble lui en vouloir personnellement en manipulant ses ennemis les plus coriaces (Joker, Killer Croc, Catwoman, Scarecrow et Clayface). Pendant ce temps là, la police enquête sous la forme d'une belle femme nommée April Clarkson qui fait tourner la tête de Bruce Wayne et même de Batman. De son coté, Alfred Pennyworth est toujours aussi serviable, ironique et spécialiste hors pair dans tous les domaines scientifiques et techniques.
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A treat for the eyes, not much more 4 octobre 2009
Par Kid Kyoto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
When a new villain comes to town Batman must face some of his greatest foes (including Clayface, Catwoman, Man-Bat and the Joker) as he tries to unmask Midnight's true identity.

Much like some earlier series like Hush and the Long Halloween this is a mainly an excuse for the artist to show off his skills drawing Batman's cast of foes and his dark and crumbling city. In that it succeeds. Kelley Jones' designs for the villains, the Batcave, Gotham City and of course Batman himself are incredible. For most of the book Batman is just a mass of shadows, horns and claws, a terrifying apparition in the night.

I picked this up largely based on images I'd seen of Jones' crazy batmobile designs and other mad equipment. And because Batman builds a giant robot to fight a Godzilla-sized Clayface. Who doesn't want to see that? So in that way he does not disappoint.

But the story is paper-thin and nothing we haven't seen before. While the new villain Midnight looks fantastic he's not all that clever and most readers will guess his identity long before the shocking reveal. Steve Niles uses the old cliche of having the new villain take over a slew of old villains, thus inflating the threat Midnight poses. Once we learn Midnight's true identity the story just stops. There's no real ending, just a set-up for a sequel.

So if you find a cheap copy or are a huge fan of Kelley's dark artwork this is worth reading but otherwise give it a miss.
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An entertaining story with stylized artwork 19 septembre 2009
Par Christopher Z - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I was constantly entertained by this trade paperback. The story is not incredibly original, but breezes along at a decent pace that does produce a few moments of true surprise. Certain elements of the story are handled poorly, such as Batman's "romance" with a certain character. A plethora of villains appear, though some of the characterization does not really ring true. Niles does appear to have an excellent grasp of Batman and his history. I am a moderate fan of Kelley Jones's art style, and he clearly was born to draw Batman, but some of the artwork I found lacking at times. It was fine when depicting the costumed characters, but the level of detail was suspect on more traditional characters like Commissioner Gordon and Bruce Wayne.

DC has included the entire series in this trade paperback. The quality of the reproduction is quite good and includes a few character sketches as a bonus. The plotting could have been tighter, but overall this is a fun, traditional Batman story that does not heavily rely on continuity. It would have been interesting to see someone like Neal Adams illustrate this series. While Jones's art style was suited to the tone of the story and characters for the most part, I got the impression that Niles wrote this particular Batman as a throwback to an earlier era. Overall it is a good read that introduces another colorful villain into the Batman mythos, Midnight.
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Show, Don't Tell 8 septembre 2009
Par Jon Repesh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Decompression is a major problem throughout the comic industry and a main criticism by many of today's books. Unfortunately most stories do have filler imposed on us that we begrudgingly tolerate, but on certain occasions it's so painfully blatant it cannot be brushed aside. Gotham after Midnight is one glaring case in point. What plot taking place is barely enough to justify six issues nonetheless twelve. One has to wonder how the editors at DC, in their wildest imaginations, thought there was sufficient story here to be spread over the inordinate time of one year. What rudimentary story that exists leans heavily on style over substance. To no big surprise Steve Niles employs his usually enjoyable horror approach, but regrettably also employs his usual but not so enjoyable nondescript writing in general. Comparisons to Hush are quick to arise, as some behind the scenes antagonist proclaimed Midnight is enlisting, and somehow surreptitiously controlling, many of Batman's rogues for some unknown evil agenda. Unfortunately the final disclosure of that agenda and the identity of Midnight are poorly handled, with the story basically concluding in the eleventh issue without much resolution, which therefore requires Batman to spend most of the final one encapsulating everything we should have witnessed firsthand throughout the book. Due to the paucity of script and numerous wordless panels, this necessitated a disproportionately heavy load being placed squarely on the shoulders of artist Kelly Jones, whose distinct yet polarizing work may not be everyone's cup of tea. His style clearly matched the macabre mood, but ultimately he was placed in an untenable situation by Niles' undeveloped and underachieving story. When rating any graphic novel, one key criteria is its rereadability factor, which whodunits score lower on anyways after the disclosure of the mysterious adversary's identity. Combine that with a prosaic and protracted journey to begin with, and you may not want to reread it at all. This trade sadly falls into that unenviable category.
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Awesome artwork but mediocre story 8 septembre 2009
Par F. Chan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is Steve Niles's second attempt at a Batman story. His first story was called Gotham County Line and it stunk. Just check out the reviews for it. Story was bad and art was bad. Gotham After Midnight is his second attempt at a Batman story. This time the story was below average but the art was amazing. In fact, Kelley Jones's art is probably the only reason why you would want to buy this book (along with 10 pages of sketches included in the back of this book) and a lame and short introduction by John Carpenter in the beginning.

The previous reviewer beat me to it with the "Hush" comparison and he is correct. This story basically uses Jeph Loeb's storytelling formula. Basically, there's a new villain in town. He/She is given a nickname and manages to get Rogues Gallery to rally around him/her. I don't mind stories like these but once again like the previous person said, this could have been done in six (or eight in my opinion) issues. The story was dragged out too long. Just like Hush's ending, this ending was not very good in explaining who Midnight was and why Midnight committed these crimes. The reasoning Niles gives readers just doesn't fly. Of course the same thing was said about Loeb's Hush story and look what Paul Dini was able to do with it in Heart of Hush. I would love to see Dini write "Heart of Midnight."

Copying of Loeb isn't the only weakness. There were some noticeable plot holes as well. In the beginning the Batman villains that Midnight assembled (Scarecrow, Axeman, Manbat, Croc, Joker, and Clayface) are defeated and returned to Arkham one by one as the story progresses. Then out of nowhere towards the end of the story, we see Scarecrow, Axeman, Manbat, Catwoman, and Croc with Midnight against Batman. But weren't they all defeated (except for Catwoman) earlier in the story??????? How the h@#$ did they get out again? Did I miss something???? Not to mention Croc had his jaw broken by Batman and yet out of nowhere he's healed. Midnight was revealed to be a police officer and that just makes this even more confusing. Does Niles want us to think Midnight freed them again? On the DC message boards someone mentioned another problem with this story. Apparently the costume that Catwoman was wearing in the story is the one when she became "good" and became "close" with Batman. Yet after Batman snapped the villains out of Midnight's control, she still wanted to fight (though she does try to help him towards the final battle with midnight). Looks like the creators didn't take this into consideration.

At least DC released this story as a complete trade paperback. Be thankful that they didn't do this as two volumes (both hardcover and softcover), an Absolute Edition, and then the complete trade paperback like they did with Hush. For those who love Kelley Jones's Batman, you'll obviously buy it despite problems with the story. But if not, then this book is probably not for you.
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He's Baaaaaaack!! 10 novembre 2009
Par A. Shapiro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Kelley Jones is somewhat of a controversial artist. People either love his work or hate his work. There is no middle ground. I'm in the camp with those who love Jones' work. And Jones' art is the real attraction here, with due respect to Mr. Niles. Jones' work on the Batman/Dracula trilogy alone catapultes him to top ten Batman artist of all time, but he took a misstep in Haunted Gotham, which although written by Moench, with whom Jones has enjoyed the majority of his success, was not well illustrated. I'm happy to say that this is some of the best art I've seen from Jones, EVER! His use of Batman's cape in this series is brilliant. It's as if the cape was a living, breathing entity. The art is perfectly suited to the story, which although a bit predictable, moves along nicely. Decompressed storytelling isn't as bothersome, when the work is collected, wich it is here. For any fan of Jones, the horror genre, or of a dark and creept Batman, this is must reading.
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