In his ongoing crusade against the freakish criminals who
plague Gotham, the batman encounters dangerous new enemies
and some very unlikely allies. Villains such as the Ventriloquist
and the Terrible Trio terrorise the city, pushing Batman to
the limit, but a crisis arises when Robin is kidnapped by
the mad bomber called Vox. With the situation growing even
more desperate, the Dark Knight turns to two former enemies
for help - but is it too little, too late? With twists, turns
and double-crosses, Batman must use all his skills and cunning
to stay ahead of his enemies. Can Batman keep his alliances
in line and solve the mystery in time to save Gotham?...
and the City collects
together a number of tales that see the Dark Knight up against
various familiar faces - including Scarface and Harley Quinn
- as well as a number of mysterious criminals who have carefully
concealed their identity. Batman also gets to work with The
Riddler and Zatanna.
published in Detective Comics issues #827-834, this
collection kicks off with Double Talk. This sees the
return of the Ventriloquist and Scarface - a fact made all
the more bizarre because the Ventriloquist is dead and buried
and Scarface has been smashed to pieces. Everything is not
what it seems, and Batman looks set to have his work cut out
for him as he attempts to work out what on earth is really
tales include Shark Bite, in which the Batman and the
Riddler must join forces to work out who has killed an old
friend of Bruce Wayne, and tried to make it look like an accident;
Siege, a two-part story which sees Wayne Tower under
siege from a mysterious terrorist bent on sending a message
to the western world; Kind of Like Family, which sees
Harley Quinn sprung out of Arkham Asylum against her will
- her rescuer wanting something in return. However, Quinn
isn't interested in going back to a life of crime, but how
can she assure the authorities that the asylum break wasn't
her idea?; Triage, which sees the Terrible Trio (Shark,
Volper and Fisk) becoming targets of a mysterious murderer
- can Batman stop the crimes and bring the criminal to justice?;
and Trust, in which Batman joins forces with Zatanna
in a bid to bring a murdering magician to justice.
of the tales bring something different to the table - and
as a whole there's something here to appease every Batman
fan. Personally, my favourite tale was the two-parter Trust.
This is partly down to the interesting twist as to who the
killer is, but also down to the way the story is slowly unwound.
This was closely followed by Siege - a sort of Twin
Towers terrorist story with a refreshingly different message
than I was expecting to emerge out of an American comic.
floats your boat, you'll find something of interest here.