The Batman Chronicles
Volume 4

Author: Bill Finger
Artist: Bob Kane
Titan Books
RRP: 9.99, US $14.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 618 4
ISBN-10: 1 84576 618 0
Available 23 November 2007

For over 50 years he has been a part of the American culture. He was a sensation from the moment of his first appearance, and today he has achieved an even more phenomenal level of popularity. Now the Batman's tales are being reprinted in exact chronological order from his appearance in the pages of Detective Comics Nos. 27-38 and Batman No.1...

Volume Four of the Batman Chronicles continues to reprint the original tales of the Batman in chronological order. As I've said in previous reviews in this series, this won't be to everyone's taste. To start with Bob Kane's artwork is a little simplistic and the stories are a little on the childish side. But then you have to put the stories into historical context - these were aimed at children as there wasn't really a comic industry for the more mature reader.

This latest collection wouldn't be complete without a story that features the Joker, so fans will be pleased to hear that he does pop his head in for a quick appearance. Also it was great to see the inclusion of the Scarecrow too.

At the end of the day this collection will only really appeal to die-hard Batman fans who want to see the origins of the character. But, if you a fan, then this is an essential purchase.

Nick Smithson

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