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Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen: 05/06/22

Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen

Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen by James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows (Artist), et. al. is the start of the relaunched Detective Comics. After reading volume 16, Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: The Neighborhood by Mariko Tamaki (2022), I was curious to see how the series started.

In this volume, Batman realizes he and his cohorts have been under surveillance by bat themed drones for quite some time. Realizing things are coming to a head, he brings together the current set of Gotham vigilantes to work on a unified plan to stop whomever is behind it.

This comic is my first encounter with Batwoman, although I am aware of her story and relationship to Batman. A lot of this book's backstory takes the Kane family's side to do the typical Batman origin story. Of course it also is Batwoman's origin story, though coming from a different emotional starting point.

With the emphasis on the past and on family dynamics, the ultimate betrayal is rather obvious. It also explains the title, which isn't the rise of Batman's cohorts. The Batmen in the title are the force they are going against to save Gotham.

The second volume is Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 2: The Victim Syndicate (2017).

Four stars

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