Brown wanted to be the Batman's newest partner. She failed.
She died. And now, amid widespread accusations that he was
at fault, the Dark Knight begins an investigation into her
murder that ultimately leads to Gotham City's undisputed mob
boss, the Black Mask. But as rumours of a violent, almost
crazed Batman spread through the city streets, many wonder
if the Dark Knight has been pushed over the edge.
Will the sudden arrival of his deadliest opponent, the Joker,
coupled with the return of another old foe, long believed
dead, make a volatile situation even worse? And who will survive
when Batman at last confronts Stephanie's true killer...?
with a couple of one-issue stories that help set up the background
for the main tale. This sees Batman on the trail of a killer
who is trying to frame Batman for what appear to be a spate
of bat related attacks. Who is doing this and why? The trail
eventually leads Batman to track down Stephanie's killer.
was really interesting about this collection was the fact
that there are so many red herrings that when the twist is
delivered it knocked me for six. In fact I was so impressed
by the misleading side stories that I instantly turned to
the front and started reading again - something I haven't
been moved to do for a long time.
are also a number of times when Batman acts totally out of
character - walking into a bar and starting a fight until
the locals give him information he is after, is the most notable
example - which really helps to sell the idea that Batman
may be falling apart.
narrative flows incredibly smoothly, which is impressive when
you consider that five different writers worked on various
parts. The artwork also neatly blends together - again, five
different artists were involved.
you are a Batman fan then this collection represents
some of the finest storytelling ever committed to paper. If
you followed the events that unfolded in the War Games
series then this is the perfect conclusion, Quite frankly
one of the most satisfying Batman tales I've ever read.