It all starts with a small skirmish: a talented pop star goes
missing and Leslie Thompkins, the most important woman in
Bruce Wayne's life, subsequently vanishes. Then Batman is
drawn into an all-out battle for the section of Gotham City
known as The Hill. And when Tim Drake gives up his Robin identity,
Batman gets an unexpected - and unwelcome - replacement in
the form of Spoiler!...
a collection of stories that are loosely linked. The narrative
of the first half of this book follows Batman as he tracks
down the kidnapper of his friend and saviour Leslie Thompkins,
as well as the source of a supernatural entity that is killing
any humans it comes into contact with. The second half examines
Tim Drake's life after he has left his vigilante career behind.
Batman has a new, female, Robin on the scene, but can she
art work and general story telling of the majority of these
tales are spot on, although I did have to reread the odd page
as the illustrations weren't always as clear as they could
were a couple of amusing things I spotted while reading this
collection. Firstly, if one of the paintings in Wayne Manor
is to be believed, it would appear that Sadam Hussain is Bruce
secondly, if you'll indulge my anal ramblings, why does the
mysterious assassin who is stalking possible Robins and ending
their lives suddenly stop her work? She gets in touch with
her employee and says: "... one of the target's I've
already terminated was the former Robin - his death resulting
in the need for a replacement... I don't slaughter needlessly."
That seems a little odd. Firstly she has no proof (other than
Batman has a new Robin) that the old Robin is dead, and if
she is that bothered about slaughtering innocents, then why
did she not do more thorough research in the first place so
that she would have a better idea who Robin was?
I know she has a short list, but surely (baring in mind that
she thinks her target is still active as Robin) it would have
been simpler to have watched each target for a couple of nights...
and if he put on a pair of tight shorts, green tights and
jumped from building to building she could be reasonably sure
she had her man.
enough of my Johnny Fanboy style nit-picks, this is a great
collection which should certainly find its way into all serious
Batman fans collections.
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