Bruce Wayne fails to recognise a cry for help from a wayward
young girl - which sets in motion a chain of events that escalates
to grotesque proportions. An inferno rages in Crime Alley.
Six teenage girls die a horrific death. A mother makes a desperate
plea for the safe return of her missing daughter. These misfortunes
unite a city - but the secrets revealed may tear it apart...
guilt ridden Batman embraces his role as the World's Greatest
Detective and descends into the deepest layer of the city's
underworld where he exposes the sinister roots of evil. In
his pursuit of justice, the Caped Crusader faces some of his
most dangerous enemies and learns some horrible truths about
the people he's sworn to protect. This is Gotham City. Not
every villain wears a mask. Not every hero wears a cape.
City of Crime, Batman is searching for a missing girl
on the city streets, little realising that his quest will
take him through a nightmarish tour of Gotham's underbelly
and bring him into confrontation with the hideous Body, the
corporeal presence of the city's insanity, which has been
slowly replacing the humans of Gotham identical copies that
appear to be made of some form of living mud.
the way he crosses the path of a number of familiar enemies,
including the Penguin, Mr Freeze and Scarface.
your average read, writer David Lapham bends a few golden
rules within the Batman universe - like making sure that everything
is the same at the end of the adventure as it was at the beginning
(i.e. not killing off or seriously injuring any of the recurring
characters). This helps to give it something of an edge -
as you're never really sure what is going to happen next.
is quite a meaty collection, coming in just shy of 300 pages,
and represents excellent value for money. Another cracking