Q: Why is “Strange Apparitions” the best Batman run? – @IanGonzales. A: See what I mean about these questions that include their own. Batman has ratings and 44 reviews. Lᴀʏᴀ said: First off, I would like to state that I’m very torn about my rating for this graphic novel. On one hand. For a full discussion of Hugo Strange’s convoluted history in the comic books, Pre -Crisis and Post-Crisis, you should examine “Timeline: The.

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There is a common misconception among comic-book readers that Batman books were terrible until Frank Miller came along in the mid-’80s.

In fact, the late ’70s were good for the Dark Knight. One of the strongest Strange Apparitions collects one of my favorite runs of any Batman book and features a definitive moment in Joker lore. Strange Apparitions collects Detective Comics and batmam Len Wein takes over with a two-part Clayface story.


It begins with a rather weak two-parter starring Doctor Phosphorous, but after the slow start this collection kicks into high gear. We’re introduced to the beautiful Silver St.

Cloud, who quickly steals Bruce Wayne’s heart and later discovers his dark secret. And yes, Bruce Wayne has a significant role, but even in the ’70s it’s clear that Bruce Wayne is the mask Batman wears. Gotham’s corruption bxtman prohibitive.

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But The Batman has far more concerns. Hugo Strange, apparitioons great madman and commendable opponent, has returned and discovered Bruce Wayne’s little secret. He offers to sell that secret to the highest bidder — of which the Mayor, Joker and Penguin act as suitors. But things turn ugly fast as the mayor shows his violent nature to a shocked Strange — why pay for something you can attain through torture?

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There are plenty of surprises in Strange Apparitions and a healthy amount of story packed in just a few issues. Among the best moments is when Joker threatens the mayor. See, the Joker doesn’t want anyone pursuing the identity of Batman.

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What fun would there be in humbling mere policemen? To top it off, the Joker has a truly mad scheme that puts the majority of modern Joker tales to shame.

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Let’s just say it involves smiling fish and a billion-dollar copyright. It’s possible that some readers raised on modern comics may have some trouble getting into Strange Strangee.

It’s got a slower pace and puts at least two-issues worth of contemporary story into each issue. It also has a lot of things lost in today’s Batman books — things like character development, pacing and great villains. While the Phosphorus story at the start is a little weak, the rest of Strange Apparitions is abtman and should not be missed.