Countless foes of the Dark Knight, Batman, are safe within Arkham Asylum and Gotham City is as safe as ever – or so everyone thought. While visiting the city to interview the caped crusader himself, a Japanese news correspondent named Yuko finds herself as Two Face’s hostage – but there’s a catch. Two Face was supposed to be locked away for good. Though Batman arrives and saves the day, it becomes ominously clear that danger is afoot in Gotham City, and a designer drug is somehow connected. As the mystery unravels, however, Batman soon discovers that Yuko may be inadvertently connected to the crimes...
The most important part of the artwork--Batman and the villains--looked excellent, but the faces for the normal people come across as inconsistently proportioned and wonky. The heads look too big for the bodies, the angles of their eyes and noses and stuff feel off. The noses are large and very angular. I think the main reason Batman and the Joker look fine is because they are supposed to look a little inhuman. The cars and buildings look sleek and cool. I thought the design for the Samurai-armored Batman was dope. There's a lot of grainy shading that looks kinda ugly, like the static from old TV sets. Batman feels almost lethargic in feir calm, cool, and collected demeanor. This slowness to act is apparently intentionally written that way and is possibly a byproduct of feir old age. Fe makes level-headed decisions and feir experience in fights proves tactically vital, even if fe isn't being physically energetic. The investigations include a lot of downtime, conversations, and monologues. Flashbacks and backstories and filling in details. There are some fights, but they're not the primary focus. The way the story is setup, it allows for a parade of the Greatest Hits of Batman villains: Two-Face, Penguin, Riddler, Joker, Catwoman. Batman also fights some impostor versions of femself. The first volume takes place in Gotham, the second in Tokyo. The main new character introduced is Yuko, a news journalist/on-screen personality, who gets a smidge romantically involved with Bruce.
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