This one ranks right up there as one of my all-time favourite comic books. First of all, you get a double dose of classic Batman artists. On the cover, Jim Aparo delivers a very dramatic scene that simply dares the reader not to pick it up. On the inside, we get wonderful work by Don Newton. His atmospheric work really lends itself to a Man-Bat story. Man-Bat has always appealed to me, even as a young child. He could have been just another gimmicky DC super-villain, but the editors of the various Bat-titles ensured that he was injected with just the right mixture of danger and pathos to make him stand out from the rest. He is a tragic figure, in the mold of the Frankenstein monster - although he is also the creator. This is a great, great tale - written by Martin Pasko. It delves into medical ethics and the lengths to which parents will go for their child (something I am just beginning to appreciate). Batman is once again forced to walk to fine line of helping the Langstrom family while protecting Gotham from Man-Bat. From the opening sequence featuring a truck chase to the highly poignant and ironic closing frames - this story flows beautifully and holds up well 30 years later.
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