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One of the first groups of trades I started collecting was DC’s Elseworlds.

They were mostly self contained and often could be found for cheap, so it was easy to get into without feeling I had to buy too much.

This particular Elseworlds, published in 1991, is one of my favorites.

Called Batman: Holy Terror, it’s a little book that introduces a DC Universe amazingly messed up and hard to top – even in longer arcs.

While a Batman book, there are moments in here with several DC characters, though I don’t want to reveal which in this post. Look forward to reading it yourself!

The Rundown:

(1) Prize: One copy of Batman: Holy Terror

(1) Random Comment Winner: One logged in commenter will be randomly selected from the replies to this post.

Eligibility: You must be registered and logged in when you comment to be eligible. You must also be in the continental USA for shipping purposes. If you are overseas and want to pay for the shipping yourself, feel free to enter, but keep in mind that it will probably be more expensive than just buying the book.

Deadline: You have until 11:59 on Friday, February 4th, 2011.

Hey, that’s one day before my birthday!

Good luck everyone!

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  1. avatar Chris D. wrote on at January 30, 2011 9:34 pm:

    COOL! Good luck guys! I actually have this and was thinking of reading it next to put up a review…now maybe we can just wait and see who ever wins it may want to review it instead ;) I love myself some Elseworld Tales and this is supposed to be good from what I hear.

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  2. avatar xxexplosivoxx wrote on at January 30, 2011 10:08 pm:

    I’m always game for an Elseworlds Batman story and haven’t read this particular one. Consider this giveaway commented upon. Man, why doesn’t DC do more Elseworlds books now? I guess theoretically Superman: Earth One is an Elseworlds of sorts…

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    avatar Ian replied on January 30th, 2011 at 10:32 pm:

    yeah, it is in the continuity sense but less so in spirit.

    I agree, I’d like to see some now and then. They did do Justice in 2007 though, which isn’t too far away. I think that I wouldn’t mind seeing a nice big one every two years with a smaller prestige style one every year or so – and it would be cool to see them tackle some lesser known characters instead of mostly Bat/Supes

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    avatar Drew replied on January 30th, 2011 at 11:48 pm:

    What is the difference between this reality and the “normal” DCU?

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    avatar Ian replied on January 31st, 2011 at 12:14 am:

    lots, but the main ones are that America is a theocratic state (think inquisition) and Bruce Wayne is a reverend.

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    avatar Chris D. replied on January 31st, 2011 at 1:39 am:

    The thing about Justice though is it was just a great story, it wasn’t all Elseworld-Crazy like. I’m a BIG fan of Elseworld-Crazy. Give me more insane stuff that would NEVER happen.

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    avatar Ian replied on January 31st, 2011 at 1:40 am:

    although, now that I think about it, this whole new thing seems to be pretty elseworlds-ish. Flashpoint?

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    avatar Chris D. replied on January 31st, 2011 at 1:46 am:

    I just googled “Flashpoint” to see what the heck you’re talking about…and I have to say…What the heck is going on?!?!? It looks CrAzY! I look forward to buying the main, and tie-in, trades :-)

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    avatar Simon replied on January 31st, 2011 at 2:38 pm:

    Secret Seven are on the list of titles, gotta love that especially if they somehow tie in with Enid Blytons novels somehow (although obviously would never)

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    avatar Chris D. replied on January 31st, 2011 at 3:52 pm:

    I just saw a bunch of Secret Seven trades yesterday at that bookstore, but wasn’t sure if they were good or not. I saw that Zatana was on the cover of V1. It looks like you’re a fan of them, eh?

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    avatar Simon replied on January 31st, 2011 at 4:01 pm:

    Secret Seven aren’t to be confused with Seven Soldiers of Victory, which itself is a fantastic classic series. Secret Seven I can imagine is what will happen to the Secret Six during the Flashpoint crossover, but that’s just me hypothesising.

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    avatar Chris D. replied on January 31st, 2011 at 6:10 pm:

    Duh, yeah I totally confused the two. It was Seven Soldiers of Victory that I was looking at. I’ll have to pick up a few of the trades next time I visit the store again.

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    avatar Simon replied on January 31st, 2011 at 6:36 pm:

    I mean this in a caring way, you should maybe calm down with the trade purchasing before you have to file for bankruptcy :P

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    avatar Chris D. replied on January 31st, 2011 at 8:43 pm:

    Haha, yeah this is one caring community we are part of here at TRO :)

    See the thing is, I was so broke for such a long time through 6 years of college that once I started making money if I didn’t have a stack of backlogged games, and now trades, then I was afraid that I’d someday I would need to have a big stack to fall back on if times got rough. Just trying to be prepared for anything man ;)

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    avatar Simon replied on February 1st, 2011 at 2:45 am:

    I can understand that although I am lucky to have a job while I study so I can afford the odd trade

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    avatar Ian replied on February 1st, 2011 at 2:46 am:

    I love that no matter what you can still find great full chunks of story for super cheap. Dollar trades are out there.

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  3. avatar ender229 wrote on at January 31, 2011 2:16 am:

    I love Elseworlds for being more involved than Marvel What Ifs and sometimes bringing damn interesting concepts. Quite a few deserve longer takes. A religious Batman sounds definitely worth a read.

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    avatar Ian replied on January 31st, 2011 at 2:22 am:

    yeah, I liked Elseworlds a lot so I thought I’d try some What If stuff, but I had trouble getting into it. The main problem was that it was so tied into existing marvel continuity – if you weren’t familiar with what it referenced, it wasn’t entertaining.

    While DC ones are definitely better experienced with some knowledge, most of them start from an origin and play full-through, no watcher-introduction needed. You could even read the best ones completely on their own, never having heard of the superman or batman, and still probably enjoy them.

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  4. avatar VanWilde wrote on at January 31, 2011 8:15 am:

    I JUST started getting into more Elseworlds titles.
    And i’m a huge Batman, fan.

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  5. avatar henraldo wrote on at January 31, 2011 10:38 am:

    Holy Terror Batman! Holy Terror was such an awesome book way back when. Elseworlds were so much fun in the 90’s I almost wish there was a regular elseworld’s antholgy every month.

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    avatar Chris D. replied on January 31st, 2011 at 11:53 am:

    If only. I’d subscribe to that!

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  6. avatar DrColossus wrote on at January 31, 2011 5:59 pm:

    This looks like a really fun book, thanks!

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  7. avatar duncanpr wrote on at January 31, 2011 7:09 pm:

    All Batman is good, Elseworlds or not. :)

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  8. avatar Marc wrote on at January 31, 2011 7:39 pm:

    I’ve never heard of this one, surprisingly. I’d heard of Frank Miller’s intent to do a book called Batman: Holy Terror a few years back (now just Holy Terror, sans Batman), but never realized there was already a book by that name. Sounds cool!

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    avatar Ian replied on February 1st, 2011 at 12:20 am:

    I was just chatting about that one with someone on reddit!

    I’m surprised you hadn’t heard of this one. It’s one of my favorites.

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  9. avatar msBunbury wrote on at January 31, 2011 8:12 pm:

    Never read this before, and would like very much to :]

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  10. avatar lonefeather wrote on at February 1, 2011 12:15 am:

    Really been curious about this one. Definitely want to check it out down the line.

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  11. avatar asw138 wrote on at February 1, 2011 3:32 am:

    I always enjoyed the Batman vs. Predator Elseworlds. This looks interesting.

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  12. avatar BRyan wrote on at February 1, 2011 12:31 pm:

    Sounds cool. Love to read this one.

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  13. avatar Darth Davis wrote on at February 1, 2011 7:59 pm:

    I have many of the elsewords tales. Mostly Batman, but I have never seen this one. I’d love to read, even if i don’t win it.

    –Darth Davis

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  14. avatar Irishpanther wrote on at February 2, 2011 2:52 am:

    Nice! Messed up DC world and a Batman story. I like. Heres to hoping theres some crazy moments with the Flash in Holy Terror. Happy Pre-Birthday Ian!

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    avatar Ian replied on February 2nd, 2011 at 3:06 am:

    Thanks! :D

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  15. avatar -B. wrote on at February 2, 2011 2:05 pm:

    Now here’s one I don’t have. :) I’ve stayed away from a few of these contests because I happen to own either the floppies or the actual book. But I actually don’t have ANY Elseworld’s stuff. Good luck, folks! And Ian, hope you have a great b-day this weekend. It’s a good thing you are down South. We’ve gotten way too much snow/ice this year up in the Northeast, it’s sickening.

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  16. avatar hellboy wrote on at February 2, 2011 3:22 pm:

    I love the style of this batman is drawn in the front.

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  17. avatar UGodzilla wrote on at February 3, 2011 2:21 am:

    Is this more like Marvel’s What If or Ultimate?

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    avatar Ian replied on February 3rd, 2011 at 4:33 am:

    More like 1602 or Powerless – not based on an event changing in a superhero’s life, but a whole different world.

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    avatar UGodzilla replied on February 3rd, 2011 at 7:08 am:

    Hm, I’m not familiar with either of those. Are they Marvel?

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    avatar Ian replied on February 3rd, 2011 at 7:08 am:

    yeah, here’s a review I did of Powerless:

    http://www.tradereadingorder.com/blog/review-marvel-powerless/

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  18. avatar CaptainHammer wrote on at February 3, 2011 8:00 pm:

    I’ve never read any Elseworld stories, but it looks awesome! thanks Ian!

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  19. avatar tylerrup12 wrote on at February 4, 2011 11:58 am:

    Love elseworlds stuff! Good luck everyone.

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