By Judd Winick & various (DC Comics)
This tale (from Batman #635 – 641) introduces a brand new force to the streets of Gotham City. The Red Hood, originally a prototype criminal alias for the man who would become the Joker, is back and making a name for himself among the criminal hierarchies. Is he just another super-thug or does he have a more sinister agenda? How does he know so much about the secrets and methods of the Batman?
I’m not going to tell you. This fast-paced puff piece is fairly predictable if you accept the twin principles of modern comic books that nobody stays dead and that all writers think they can double-bluff their readers. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of action and pathos as the new playing order in Gotham sorts itself out prior to the major events all DC editors would like us to start our anticipatory salivations over. Stay tuned, Bat-Fans!
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