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Batman: Battle For The Cowl by Tony S. Daniel, Fabian Nicieza and assorted artists

1/01/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Batman: Battle For The Cowl in the USA - or Buy Batman: Battle For The Cowl in the UK

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pub: Titan Books. 160 page hardback graphic novel. Price: 14.99 (UK), $19.99 (US), $24.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-84856-422-0.

check out website: www.titanbooks.comand

The Batman is dead. How, I'm not sure as I've only been sent the companion book follow-ups. Chaos reigns in Gotham City with not only Arkham Asylum burnt down and all its in-mates escaped and under the leadership of the Black Mask. Crime lords, the Penguin and Two-Face, are bickering over the size of their own territories and the police are noticeably unable to cope. Nightwing and various members of the Bat Family are back trying to sort out the mess and there's a new Batman about, only he's heavily armed and not afraid to shoot. Nightwing himself has also got to decide as to whether he should become Bruce Wayne's successor as the city needs a Batman and there's more than one of them capable of the job.

Artist and writer Tony S. Daniel handles much of the work in 'Battle For The Cowl'. Much of it is a non-stop slugfest with much mayhem that makes you wonder how anyone would want to live in a city such as this.

The accompanying piece to the main story is the 'Gotham Gazette' mini-series written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by six artists depicting reporter Vicki Vale and detective Harvey Bullock's take on events amongst others. The art is more variable here and, without picking on names, although a difference in styles is useful, simplistic art that looks like the lights were full on doesn't really work well with the mood of the others. Despite that, things are hotting up and Vale certainly has her suspicions whom Batman was even if the evidence is contrary that Bruce Wayne is abroad.

If you missed the comicbook release of these events then having a hardback bound edition is a good way to get them.

GF Willmetts

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