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In these 1980s tales from BATMAN #349-359 and DETECTIVE COMICS #515-526, the Dark Knight takes on evil with the help of the Human Target, Jason Bard, Batgirl and others and faces the threats of Catwoman, Hugo Strange, Deadshot, Solomon Grundy and more. Plus, it’s the introduction of Killer Croc!


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In these 1980s tales from BATMAN #349-359 and DETECTIVE COMICS #515-526, the Dark Knight takes on evil with the help of the Human Target, Jason Bard, Batgirl and others and faces the threats of Catwoman, Hugo Strange, Deadshot, Solomon Grundy and more. Plus, it’s the introduction of Killer Croc!

41 review for Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway  Vol. 3 (Detective Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway, Volume 3 collects Detective Comics 515-526 and Batman 349-359, written by Gerry Conway. My favored version of Batman ends with Crisis on Infinite Earths so for me, this is Batman in his heyday. I have a handful of the issues collected between this book's covers but most of it was new to me. The cover price is $49.99 but I watched it until I was able to snap it up for a cool 20 bucks. First off, the artists. This collection has a good mix, from all-times like Gene Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway, Volume 3 collects Detective Comics 515-526 and Batman 349-359, written by Gerry Conway. My favored version of Batman ends with Crisis on Infinite Earths so for me, this is Batman in his heyday. I have a handful of the issues collected between this book's covers but most of it was new to me. The cover price is $49.99 but I watched it until I was able to snap it up for a cool 20 bucks. First off, the artists. This collection has a good mix, from all-times like Gene Colan, Don Newton, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and Curt Swan to newcomers at the time like Dan Jurgens. I was five when I read one of the Gene Colan issues and thus missed the significance of Gene Colan doing a vampire Batman story. The art is all pretty moody. Colan is my favorite artist of the bunch by a long chalk but JLGL and Dandy Don Newton also produced some great stuff. As for the writing, this is Gerry Conway at his peak. He's always got a B and C plot on the back burner and manages to do slow burns on a lot of the stories while still having the issues be fairly self-contained. While The Joker gets an issue and Catwoman makes a couple appearances, Conway focused on deep cuts and new characters. Daedshot, Hugo Strange, and The Monk all get several issue arcs and Conway introduces Killer Croc in a multi-parter. I'll just gloss over Colonel Blimp and The Squid, if I may. Gerry Conway's Batman is far from the unbeatable character he's become in the ensuing decades. Croc hands his ass to him on three occasions and both Dick and Bruce become vampiri for a time. Conway also explores the corruption in Gotham City. Gordon gets booted off the force and forms a detective agency with Jason Bard while biding his time. The Human Target guest stars in a few issues as someone is convinced Bruce Wayne is Batman and puts a contract out on him. I really can't say enough good things about this collection. The vampire story and the Hugo Strange issue were easily my favorites, partly because of childhood nostalgia and partly because they hold up so well today. Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway Volume 3 is pre-Crisis Batman at his best. 4.5 out of 5 Batarangs.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Although a bit melodramatic in places, and some of these comics already printed in the Gene Colan books, I enjoyed reading these again after nearly 35 years. (Yikes!) Not too many interesting villains but this does contain the first appearance of Killer Croc, not to mention Jason Todd's debut before his origin got changed. (Here he is basically Dick Grayson part deux.) Lots of art by the great Don Newton, with the aforementioned Colan and the return of Irv Novick to the Batman titles. Conway was Although a bit melodramatic in places, and some of these comics already printed in the Gene Colan books, I enjoyed reading these again after nearly 35 years. (Yikes!) Not too many interesting villains but this does contain the first appearance of Killer Croc, not to mention Jason Todd's debut before his origin got changed. (Here he is basically Dick Grayson part deux.) Lots of art by the great Don Newton, with the aforementioned Colan and the return of Irv Novick to the Batman titles. Conway was a better scripter on solo titles than group books like JLA or the Legion. Recommended for a look at Batman before the darkness overtook the character so heavily.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Jason Todd. There. I've said it! Jason, the boy who would be Robin, at one time the most-hated Bat-family character. However, looking back at stories I haven't read, for the most part, since 1983, I find I didn't hate Jason so much as was indifferent to him. Alan Moore and Mike W. Barr wrote some great stories featuring him before Max Allan Collins introduced a different Jason for the post-Crisis DC universe. But that's a story for a different collection. In re-reading the stories that fill the th Jason Todd. There. I've said it! Jason, the boy who would be Robin, at one time the most-hated Bat-family character. However, looking back at stories I haven't read, for the most part, since 1983, I find I didn't hate Jason so much as was indifferent to him. Alan Moore and Mike W. Barr wrote some great stories featuring him before Max Allan Collins introduced a different Jason for the post-Crisis DC universe. But that's a story for a different collection. In re-reading the stories that fill the three volumes that make up TALES OF THE BATMAN: GERRY CONWAY, I have discovered that, as with the works of Denny O'Neil, Len Wein, Mike W. Barr, and Steve Englehart -- especially Englehart -- these are central to what my ideal version of the Batman will always be.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mohammad Aboomar

    Same drag as the 2 previous volumes. The worst story was the last one, the oversized 500th appearance celebration of Batman in Detective Comics.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sergio Freitas

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    Rachel

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    Nigel

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