Q: Why is “Strange Apparitions” the best Batman run? – @IanGonzales. A: See what I mean about these questions that include their own. Batman has ratings and 44 reviews. Lᴀʏᴀ said: First off, I would like to state that I’m very torn about my rating for this graphic novel. On one hand. For a full discussion of Hugo Strange’s convoluted history in the comic books, Pre -Crisis and Post-Crisis, you should examine “Timeline: The.

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However, at least half the credit goes to Marshal Rogers, who was also at the height of his powers on this run.

Now, if any of the other villains discovered that Bruce was Batman, they’d likely just use it as a means to destroy their enemy. Phosphorus, Clayface, Hugo Strange and the Joker.

Batman: Strange Apparitions : Steve Englehart :

At the time, Englehart was looking to get out of comics, having just left Marvel over difficulties working with Gerry Conway on Avengersand agreed to come to DC for a year with the mission to, as he put it, “fix Justice League for you” before leaving the medium for the next five years. Within just eight issues, Englehart, Rogers and Austin capture everything that makes Batman such a great character – and creates a few “new classic” stories along the way. The book concludes with the origin of the third Clayface, Preston Payne, while bringing the swift romance between Bruce Wayne and Silver St.

He offers to sell that secret to the highest bidder — of which the Mayor, Joker and Penguin act as suitors. I certainly agree, but I don’t want to oversell it as a work, since hyped expectations have killed many a great story.


This run had an excellent sla I was interested in reading a classic Batman story or two and realized that I wanted to go back and re-read the classic Steve Englehart run of Batman in Detective Comics from back in the mid’s.

Feb 17, Scott Rogers rated it it was amazing. But as for the exact nature of his return as well as the return of Boss Thorne!

Batman: Strange Apparitions by Steve Englehart

There are lots of nods to classic Batman tales and tropes while feeling n Within just eight issues, Englehart, Rogers and Austin capture everything that makes Batman such a great character – and creates a few “new classic” stories along the way.

Not to mention strane the Apparition story is probably that character’s all-time best. They are not dated nor do they portray Batman much differently than he is today.

Snark aside, it’s really cool to read Batman comics from this time, with some classic stories and first appearances. I was seriously tempted to post the Fish storyline here, but this post is long enough as it is. Can Batman defeat a foe from beyond the strqnge, or will he succumb to the sinister spell of strange apparitions?

I am, so it is. Many thieves, on many nights, have felt their blood freeze solid as the long arm of justice dropped silent and sudden from the depths of the dark, and they turned toward those pale, blank eyes!

Batman prior and since this book has been one of baatman great train wrecks in comics.

Mar 18, Adam Nickson rated it liked it. Or at least, I wouldif it weren’t out of print. I could explain more, but really, do you need me to? This is the quintessential Batman. Hugo Strange returns from the dead, goes back, then kinda returns again?


I’m no comic expert so I’ll take their word. Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal. What fun would there be in humbling mere policemen?

Part of it apparitionss that there’s an acknowledgement of the history that’s in play.

Wtrange it out of pure respect from beyond the grave? Every piece of “Strange Apparitions” worked on multiple levels, as both an individual episode and a piece of the larger story, and the result was that they ended up with classic pieces like “The Deadshot Ricochet” and “The Laughing Fish” that make something even better when you read them all together.

A story published in made it clear that “Prey” from had replaced all previous material as “the new and improved version of Batman’s previous interaction with Hugo Strange. Post a new comment Error Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal. My favorite story of the ap;aritions has to be the Joker-centered ones.

Ask Chris #277: Where Does ‘Strange Apparitions’ Sit In The Batman Canon?

Among the best moments is when Joker threatens the mayor. He also blackmails the city council strangee he had previously held ties todemanding that they remove Batman from his path.

Dec 14, Callie Rose Tyler rated it really liked it Shelves: Those comics are so visual, with a sense of design and layout that works so well with the script, that it’s hard to imagine it all coming together without Englehart and Rogers working in tandem every step of the way.