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When a mystery as old as Gotham City itself surfaces, Batman assembles a team of his greatest detectives – including Red Robin, Owlman, I-Ching and others – to investigate this startling new enigma. As clues are discovered and the mystery deepens, Batman’s team soon finds itself on a journey that explores different eras in Gotham’s history and touches upon notable Gotham families including the Waynes, Kanes, and Elliotts.

This miniseries spins out of recent events in the Batman titles and sets the stage for several exciting storylines in 2011. Additionally, this limited series touches upon mysterious story elements introduced in Grant Morrison’s RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE.

Featuring many exciting Batman Family guest stars!

Art and Cover by TREVOR MCCARTHY
Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

Price: $2.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 0.1%
Avg Rating: 4.3
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  1. I’m really curious to see how a book plotted but not really written by Snyder is

  2. Wha!? I thought this was written fully by Snyder…..When did this change happen?

  3. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    This sounds like it could be great, but since I’m buying a bajillion minis next month thanks to Flashpoint, I couldn’t justify picking this one up too. If it’s good, I’ll get the inevitable trade.

  4. i was interested since i first saw it ont he site a while ago. I think ki’ll go for it. 

  5. I thought Snyder was the co-writer on this, and the plotter of Flashpoint: Superman.

    Snyder is becoming my new favourite writer,along with Jeff Lemire. They both caught my eye with great Vertigo work, and then moved into the DCU. Anything Snyder I am there, Batman is a bonus.

  6. What’s the release schedule for this? Monthly or Bi-Monthy?

  7. Monthly I beleive. There is rumours of a big Batman event later in the year, with this due to end in September

  8. Scott Snyder rocks….I can’t believe I didn’t know this was coming out…tack another couple bucks onto this weeks visit to Comic Nirvana!

  9. This is probably the book I’m most excited/curious to check out this week.

  10. Love a good detective story. I’m in.

  11. This is most likely my POTW if March is doing pencils on B&R

  12. Gentlemen, lets all begin wetting our pants shall we?

  13. There were interviews with Snyder talking about how he did the plotting and Higgins mainly did the writing from what I remember. I am going to trade wait this.

  14. @Zeppo  I agree, Snyder is doing a great job. He has an ear for dialogue and executes his innovative ideas with skill and depth. Plus, he’s a nice, regular, humble guy. I look forward to anything he writes with great eagerness and will enjoy watching his success grow.

  15. Scott Snyder?  In.

  16. @edward  Done. What’s the next step?

  17. I’m in for at least the first issue — if only to see who the “and others” refers to for greatest detectives.  What’s the line on Detective Chimp?

  18. @pyynk  If Detective Chimp is in this I am ALL OVER it.

    I’m buying it anyway, but that would be a wonderful chimp-shaped cherry.

  19. Snyder’s work in Detective is among my favorite stuff of the year. Can’t remember the number, but the issue with Gordon’s story about tracking the child killer and his son was perfect. I’ll read anything he does now.

  20. An intriguing Batman story? It sounds like a good one to wait until the trade but there’s no way I’ll do that. I’ll have to pick this up.

  21. Have been looking forward to this for a few weeks now. I love Snyder’s work on Detective. Great cover too!

  22. Man, this is when I get mad at myself for being too impatient to wait for a hardcover!!

  23. Something that might hopefully explain the pile of crap that is Grant Morrison’s writing?  I’m in!

  24. it’s a very brave man that bashes Morrison

  25. @HBD – Let us not hope for miracles.

  26. @markish: Kind of off topic but if you want some detective chimp action by the recent run of Superman/Batman by Cullen Bunn

  27. I just got back from my shop and I really wish they didn’t switch the cover for this! I hope the use the one pictured above for the next issue. Too bad I have to be at work for for the rest of the day because I want to read this now.

    *spolier alert*

    gasmask dude looks awesome!

  28. *edit

    the cover above is now the actual one

  29. I think this will make an awesome addition to my bookshelf. Trade waiting

  30. love the art in this

  31. The art was a bit tough to get through at first. McCarthy has a Nguyen/Wegener vibe to it. But once the issue got rolling, especially with the bridge sequences, I started to like it. This was also a bit too exposition heavy but considering Snyder/Higgins are doing a new history of Gotham it makes sense.

    Overall a solid start to, which I hope, a good mini.


  32. Not to take anything away from Kyle Higgins- this is was a great comic- but am I the only one who feels duped? I thought I was buying something written by Snyder (it IS his name on the cover), but when I opened it, he’s credited for “story” and Higgins is credited for the dialogue. Again, this was excellent all around, but is this just a way for DC to capitalize on Snyder’s name because of his buzz with Detective and American Vamp? It’s like I bought a Springsteen album and in the liner notes I discover that the lyrics were all written by some other guy.  

  33. Yes. Give me more history behind the Wayne, and Elliot families. Loved this book.

  34. @HailScott  like the Winklevoss’ giving the idea to Zuckerberg and him executing it (just watched “The Social Network”).

    This was pretty damn good, McCarthy’s art is the kind that eventually grows on you I agree, feel like Damian was done just right with his aloofness.

  35. I thought it was good but not as POW worthy as so many of you. Loved the art….had a nice cartoony style with really interesting panels and movement. This could be really fun.

  36. Didn’t like this at all. The art was all over the place, especially when the costumes came off.

    The characterisation of pretty much all the characters again, felt off. If Snyder wasn’t involved I wouldn’t have given it the time of the day – I’ll pick issue #2 up to see if it improves but this is so middle of the road with a nice concept behind it.

    If we iFanboy did point scores it would be 3 writing 2.5 art.

  37. Liked this issue a lot, can’t wait to see the clockwork-suited steampunk villain in action next issue.  The art was decent enough, though not keen on the characters out of costume.  Solid 4 stars.

  38. My shop failed me for the first time in many years. I realise that I’m actually quite pampered with the shop gang so i’m not too upset. Backordered. Two weeks I figure before I can read this. 🙁

  39. I’m pretty pleased and impressed. It took a bit for McCarthy’s art to win me over. It was very cartoon/Disney fusion at first, mainly with the non-masked faces, but it grew on me. He can definitely draw the masked characters well, love his Batman. Great architecture and backgrounds, good action, and a bitchin’ looking bad guy.

    The story is good, and I’m interested to see what happens next. Numerous Snyder hallmarks in it. Higgins did a good job on the dialogue – you could almost hear it being spoken. Characters we in-character (loved the Damian part – did Cassandra catch him looking at her ass in that one panel?!), and I liked Gordon’s advice.

    My only complaint is the inclusion of Tommy Elliot. I’m just not a fan of the character, but it’s not enough to get me to drop the book.

  40. Wow. Wasn’t expecting much and this turned out to be my pick of the week. I’m really digging it. Bring on the next issue.

  41. i really enjoyed this. it’s great that Snyder is thinking very heavily about the city of gotham. I felt that it was actually a city here. Tim and Dick looked like huge wieners with the mask off though

  42. Under normal circumstances the Penguin should be held accountable for the explosives btw, not sure why Snyder overlooked that.

  43. Wow this kinda surprised me, wasnt expecting much, but it had a great feel to it. Not to mention the penquin and Hush being involved!

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