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Batman : the ultimate evil

by Vachss, Andrew H.

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Fiction FIC V
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC V
Wilkinsburg Public Library Fiction FIC VAC
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC VAC
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Vachss has curled toes and raised eyebrows for years with his New York City avenger Burke. Don't think for a minute that just because he's penned a novel based on a comic-book hero that he's abandoned his passionate stand against child abuse. Weary of fighting exotic criminals, Batman has reached a crossroads. As wealthy philanthropist Bruce Wayne, traveling with a beautiful young social worker and child advocate, he begins to realize a change must occur in his life. But what? Alfred, his faithful servant, provides the answer. He reveals to Batman the secret of his parents' death. They weren't the victims of random crime, they were murdered with intent. Wayne's mother was also a crime fighter. She discovered a worldwide network of child pornographers, pedophiles, and pimps and left behind her findings with instructions to Alfred to turn them over to her son when the time was right. Batman targets child sex tourism promoted by a Southeast Asian country and, posing as a pedophile, makes the right contacts and soon finds himself battling the government. To document the real-life horror of this situation, a nonfiction article is included, and the publisher promises tons of publicity as well as a comic-book adaptation of the novel by Neal Barrett, Jr. (Pink Vodka Blues). Public libraries should prepare for heavy demand. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1995)044651912XWes Lukowsky"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vachss and Batman seems a marriage made in publishing heaven‘the creator of the underground PI Burke (the forthcoming Footsteps of the Hawk; Forecasts, July 24) taking on another soul-wounded, big-city night avenger. And it almost is. While no classic, this is likely the the most stylish adaptation yet of a comic-book figure, its cold stiletto prose and white-hot passions lifting it leagues above recent Spiderman and Incredible Hulk offerings. It's also Vachss's best work since Shella, and a capstone to his lifelong mission: for ``the ultimate evil'' is child abuse, the target of all of Vachss's writing. The plot line is very simple, reading like a series kickoff: Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne, meets a social worker who helps abused kids. A series of personal revelations catalyzes Wayne/Batman's decision to join her in fighting child abuse, first by destroying an international child-sex ring. The usual Batman trappings are here, but Vachss plays loose with our customary idea of the caped avenger‘his Batman is as much bat as man (``Batman possessed a sense of his surroundings so delicate that it could detect the slightest molecular shifts in the empty air'') and seemingly invincible, leaching the story of some suspense. Still, the real villain here is child abuse (the book closes with ``Child Sex Tourism,'' an essay by David Hechler), and it's a treat to see Vachss/Batman take it on with such gusto. Major ad/promo; simultaneous Time Warner Audiobook; simultaneous comic-book adaptation from D.C. Comics. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Batman -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Child abuse -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Warner Books,1995
Language English
Notes "Aspect."
Description 196 pages, 15 unnumbered pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 044651912X (hardcover) :
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