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    Reviews - Batman: War Games - TPB vol. 02

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The second War Games arc - Thai
This is the second TPB in the War Games arc and you finally realise who has been making a major play in leading Gotham's underworld amidst the choas.

It's taken a while to get to this point to be honest and I'm hoping the story can now develop into the story it has the potential to be as the potential is certainly there.
Considering how many writers there are throughout the book the dialogue seems to flow quite seemlesly from issue to issue but the art unfortunatly does not.
I might be nitpicking here as you have eight issues as a whole but when you have Oracle's hair change length and colour it can be annoying, it also ranges from Al Barrionuevo's realistic style through to Mike Huddleston cartoony style which can also be off putting and I must say that Jon proctor's art certainly isn't to my taste but again as this TPB ranges through various Bat books contrasting styles are unavoidable.

While the book is enjoyable to an extent it has a couple of major flaws that did ruin the story to a degree.
The idea of the Bat Man leading the Gotham police dept is bit far fetched to be honest and I found it hard to believe that Police officer's would directly go against orders on Batman's say so.
The real flaw for me though is the fact that Batman is sopposed to be one of the smartest man on the planet and the world's greatest detective and he can't work out that The Black Mask is assuming Orpheus's identity??
Sorry I just don't buy that and it did take some of the enjoyment away as it bends the truth to progress the story.

On the whole this TPB doesn't reveal a great deal other then the Black Mask reveal and as a result the book did tend to drag on a little bit longer then needed but if you have read the first War Games TPB then you may have to read this but try & borrow it instead.

Passable
6.3 Out Of Ten





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