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Batman by Geoff Johns
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Another origin story for Bruce Wayne, but one that carries a bit of chops. Arriving in the midst of a Gotham City mayoral campaign, Alfred Pennyworth is to be Thomas Wayne's most trusted ally in keeping the Wayne family safe. As the family goes out for their weekly movie night, young Bruce races from the theater when the power goes out - leading to the Wayne family death. Determined to take revenge on a crime-ridden city, a corrupt police force, and a powerful mayor, the mantle of the Bat is created. New twists are added to this version of the story: Harvey Bullock is the optimistic out-of-town transfer to Gotham, James Gordon is on the take in order to keep Barbara safe, Alfred is a gruff war hero left to care for an orphaned boy, and the mayor of Gotham is a little fishy (to say the least). A nice addition to the Earth One series of tales being concocted by DC, but it would be nice to see more original material than retreads of classic stories.
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