Graphic Novel Reviews

Batman: Thrillkiller

(1998) Chaykin/Brereton, Titan, 8.99, trdpbk, 128pp, ISBN 1-85286-979-8

From the Elseworlds series (basically parallel dimensions from the established continuitu), this Batman tale is set in the late fifties and early sixties. Barbara Gordon is Batwoman and Dick Grayson is Robin, while Bruce Wayne is a detctive on commissioner Gordon's team. The 'alternate' villain is a female Joker, with other parallel guests. The plot(s) are not worth going into -- in fact, it is a very disappointing outing for Chaykin, who is capable of much better than this. Dan Brereton on art is lovely to look at, as ever, though my usual criticism remain: that all his characters look the same (compare this with, for instance, Black Terror).

This trade paperback collects Thrillkiller 1-3 and the follow up Thrillkiller '62. Nice to see, but boring to read.

Tony Chester

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