work in Gotham City uncovers a secret vault built by an explorer
who returned from Antarctica in 1927 with more than just frostbite.
His desiccated corpse is found inside the vault, torn open
- from the inside. A monster now roams the dark places of
a dark city, leaving Batman to battle an adversary he hoped
never to meet again - the perfect killing machine: The Alien...
man who wears tights and prances about pretending to be a
bat versus the most well designed living killing machine?
Not much of a contest... or so you'd think. Batsy gives as
good as he gets. But when the inmates of Arkham Asylum are
transformed into mutant Aliens surely Batman's number is up.
And who is the mysterious Doctor Catherine Fortune? And why
is she so keen to ensure that the Aliens are not wiped out?
2 is a great collection that will please fans of both
characters. Nitpickers out there will wonder how Batman -
an ordinary, mortal man - can overcome the planet's deadliest
threat. We've been there with Superman and Aliens, but that
seems a much more realistic match.
originally felt that the infection of Arkham Asylum by Alien
DNA was an interesting plot device, but then as the story
unfolds I realised it's like any other Batman story
where the inmates are running the nuthouse - only this time
the job of stopping them down is a little more complicated.
are also some rough sketches (including a very funny illustration
of an Alien sat in front of roaring log fire, wearing slippers
and sipping a brandy) at the back of this collection.
well written and wonderfully illustrated collection, but at
it's heart this is just an up-tempo Batman story.
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