Reviews - Novelization
Review (James Harvey)
The novelization is a straight-forward affair, presenting the movie from
start to finish with only a handful of deviations. There are a few minor
tweaks here and there, none really worth noting except for the addition
of a cameo by Dick Grayson. Aside from that, the novel sticks to the
script, providing a detailed and riveting account of the animated movie.
Some of the scenes come across as truly haunting, especially the
graveyard scene. Yeah, that scene was dark and spooky in the movie, but
here, in the written word, it comes off as ghoulish and downright
frightening. For those looking to enhance their Batman: Mask of the
Phantasm experience, this is a good place to start.
The second novelization (pictured above as image number two) is for the
younger audience and brings a lighter, cleaner version of the movie to
the novelization format, covering up some of the more adult moments in
the book while emphasizing the mystery and the action.