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Tangent Comics
Volume 2


Authors: Karl Kesel, John Ostrander, Chuck Dixon and Dan Jurgens
Artists: Matt Haley, Jan Duursema, Tom Grummett, Sean Chen and Dan Jurgens
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99, US $19.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 747 1
ISBN-10: 1 84576 747 1
Available 22 February 2008

Batman, The Joker, Nightwing, The Doom Patrol. Ordinarily they're some of DC's best-known heroes and villains. But in the Tangent Universe, they're like nothing you've ever seen. This Batman is a true Dark Knight, doomed to live forever to atone for terrible sins. This Joker is no crazed murderer - she's a chaotic do-gooder with a killer sense of humour. This Nightwing isn't even human; it's the world's most dangerous covert organisation, with a rebel faction using mysterious magic to take it down from within...

Volume 2 of Tangent Comics continues in the same vein as Volume 1. Welcome to a very different world, where a nuclear-powered hero's debut ushered in an age of hi-tech invention, an atomic conflagration destroyed both Cuba and Florida; and the covert organization Nightwing has eyes and ears in every home...

This collection opens with a twisted take on The Joker - a mischievous female with plenty of gags up her sleeve isn't a law breaker - as such. And while she can't getting under the skin of the law, she does more good than harm. This is followed by a Wildcat tale (a mysterious female who can be transformed into a bloodthirsty beast). But, of all the tales in this collection, my favourite had to be the Batman story. It's got everything you'd expect from a Batman tale (even if everything is way off on a tangent) but the ending is one of the more touching.

This is an essential purchase for all superhero fans - another slice of hero action that will make you smile.


Pete Boomer

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