Review: Batman Chronicles Vol.4

It’s a very odd experience reading the stories within the Batman Chronicles.  I find it’s impossible to enjoy it in its own right and can only really read it as a historical artifact.  This volume collects every Batman appearance between May and October 1941.

 They don’t really read right, no one had really worked out how to write a comic yet.  There are too many captions, there’s almost no attempt at composition beyond the individual panels, and the writing keeps overwhelming the art (which is really a shame as it’s really good).

Now what’s most notable about the collection is the inclusion of World’s Finest #3, the first appearance of the Scarecrow.  He doesn’t have any fear gas yet, or other gimmick’s besides the costume, but the character’s pretty much fully formed here.  If you’re a Batman fan this issue is pretty much worth the cost of the book.  But besides that there’s not much here that you won’t see in the earlier volumes.

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