Like two sides of the same coin, Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor
are both brilliant billionaires with dark secrets - one is
a criminal mastermind, the other dedicates his life to battling
crimes as the Dark Knight, Batman. But when both men go after
the same government defence contract, they also find themselves
sharing an assailant - a killer robot, designed by Wayne Enterprises.
How did one of Batman's own creations turn against him? To
solve this mystery, the world's greatest detective must dive
into a world of industrial espionage, murder and political
manipulation as he uncovers an attempt to take over the United
States. Will Batman survive when matched against a mind as
brilliant and cunning as his own?...
is set little more than a year after Bruce Wayne has started
fighting crime in Gotham City as the Batman. Wayne is still
haunted by the murder of his parents and his inability to
rid Gotham of the crime that continually plagues it - crimes
such as the horrific slaying of a mother in front of her child
that he arrived too late to prevent.
trouble of an unexpected nature arrives, when Wayne competes
with the ruthless scientific genius Lex Luthor for a defence
contract. Both men find themselves at the mercy of the very
technology that Bruce has been pitching: a battle-ready robot
with deadly capabilities.
robot attack, the mysterious death of the robot's controller
and the murder that Batman failed to stop... all are pieces
to a puzzle that Batman can barely begin to perceive. Can
Gotham's Dark Knight piece the clues together in time to avert
a great national disaster? Or will Batman's first encounter
whit his evil intellectual equal prove to be his last?
be honest this didn't feel like an early Batman tale. The
size of the operation he has to mount against Luthor is a
pretty big task for a man who is still getting used to dressing
up in leather and tights. Not only that, but there are two
huge flaws in this collection which I'm sure the nit-pickers
out there will jump upon.
why on earth in Batman's final confrontation does he reveal
to Luthor that he is in reality Bruce Wayne? Batman says:
"You programmed my machines to kill..." a reference
to Luthor having sabotaged Wayne Industries original salvage
robots. And it's not as though Batman was doing it knowing
full well that there was a twist in the tale - and that Luthor
would not be who he seems - for there is one of Luthor's goons
standing right there too.
with so many people working on Wayne Industries top secret
combat plane, wouldn't someone realise that the Batplane was
actually the model they'd all worked on for years?
moans aside, the end result is another fantastic hardback
release that fans will cherish.