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The Riddler has arrived in Gotham and he s terrorizing the city with his own twisted brand of anarchy. But why is he attacking now, and what is his endgame? The Riddler isn t Batman s only problem, as Killer Croc is on the streets and his violent crimes can t be ignored. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight has trouble reconciling the increasingly conflicting ideologies of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon in this gripping re-imagining of the Batman mythology.
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring you Batman as you ve never seen him before in this thrilling original graphic novel that continues their unique take on the Dark Knight."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-10
- Reviewer: Staff
For someone known for using intertwining continuity on books such as Green Lantern, Superman and the Justice League, writer Johns feels right in his element creating a new Batman and Gotham City from scratch. This graphic novel finds a lot of success in turning old stories into something that plays well in the modern day. The updates–from Bruce Wayne's lack of detective skills to the transformation of Alfred into a former soldier–make perfect sense and serve the story well. The adaption of classic Batman villain The Riddler into a cunning serial killer is particularly well played, grounding a character who tends to veer on the comedic side. Gotham under the pen of Johns is ugly, and artist Frank draws ugly beautifully, making even the white knight characters feel like they have shades of gray. The only significant flaw lies with the developments of the Dent family, which feels forced into the narrative. Together, though, Johns and Frank are able to revitalize a concept that nobody knew needed to be revitalized, breathing new life into a 75 year-old pop culture icon. (May)