a young boy is kidnapped and held to ransom Batman soon discovers
that Killer Croc and Catwoman are behind it. But they seem
to be acting weirdly. On the heels of Catwoman, someone cuts
our hero's batline, sending him tumbling to an almost certain
doom. When he comes around, Batman is back at Wayne Manor
in very bad shape.
Alfred calls on the services of one of Bruce Wayne's oldest
and closest friends, who is now a top surgeon, to patch things
up so that our hero can continue his hunt for the brains behind
is the first part of a collection charting the continuing
reign of Batman over Gotham City. Killer Croc is meaner and
uglier, Catwoman (and Poison Ivy) are sexier and Superman
is... dumber! Again we have a Batman/Superman Vs Wayne/Kent
problem, where the two are friends and almost enemies in the
same breath. Both are fighting on the side of justice, only
Batman follows his own ethics at any cost.
artwork and script are both of exceptional merit - although
the Superman/Batman scenario is getting a little too close
to events already seen in The Dark Knight Returns.
Yes we know Batman and Superman are always at each others
throats, but for goodness sake I wish writers would steer
clear of this as a plot device. Batman wouldn't stand a chance
- Kryptonite ring or not! He's only human after all.
have done a fantastic job of presenting this as a luxury collection
to the UK market. There are full colour glossy pages (although
the paper stock is a little on the thin side) throughout and
the cover has a wonderfully designed wrap around sleeve.
another winning Batman release.
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