The Dark Knight has seen much in the little more than a year
since he first began to wage his war against the criminals
of Gotham. He's seen mobsters rise and fall. He's seen bad
cops punished and good cops rise to take their place. He's
even fought monstrous creations of mad science. But the world's
greatest detective has never seen anything that goes against
everything he knows to be true... until now. A rash of bodies
has been discovered in Gotham, with the only common characteristics
being neck wounds and a lack of blood. There can only be one
incredible conclusion... a vampire is on the prowl in Batman's
neck of the woods...
and the Mad Monk sees
Gotham City's Police Department trying to track down the killer/s
responsible for a steady flow of corpses - all of which turn
up drained of blood and with puncture marks on their necks.
discover the truth, Batman must infiltrate the fearsome organisation
called the Brotherhood, whose fanatical loyalty to their leader,
the mysterious Monk, is ingrained in their very blood. But
if Batman can't solve this mystery, the next victim may be
the woman he loves.
Matt Wagner revisits the early career of the young Batman
in another adventure inspired by DC's Golden Age in this sequel
and the Monster Men. The Dark Knight is learning
that there are more twisted faces of evil than those worn
by the street criminals and mobsters of Gotham. But is his
training enough to get the job done without any innocent casualties?
this collection is a great read, I had one small complaint.
Why is it that all too often with retro stories that deal
with an established character's early years, that the author
insists on ending the tale with a nod and a wink to the audience.
With this collection it's an early crime that is obviously
the work of the Joker (even though Batman and the Gotham City
Police Department have yet to come across his antics) and
a rather obvious billboard poster advertising the Haly Circus
and the Flying Graysons. Once I used to smile at such references.
Now I just groan with the predictability of it all.
if you ignore that very minor offence, you'll love this tale.
In fact you'd be mad not to pick up this engaging Batman