Batman: Reign of Terror
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DC’s Elseworlds stories take well-known characters, reinventing them in different places, times, or circumstances. This graphic novel transplants the dark figure of Batman from the crime-ridden streets of Gotham City to 18th-century Paris. In “our” world, it was witnessing the brutal murder of his parents that set an adolescent son on a path to become the Dark Knight. Here, it is the bloody French Revolution that is the catalyst for Captain Bruce Wayne to don the mantle of the Bat. What starts as a desperate gamble to save the lives of his wife’s parents soon becomes a one-man crusade against the insanity of mob rule, the political schemes of Robespierre, and even the harsh betrayal by his own father.
This story begins with an adult Bruce Wayne, with friends, family, and loved ones. He becomes the Batman to stop a murder, not because of one. It seems that no matter the time or place, it will always be his destiny.
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| ||Elseworlds||Mike W. Barr||José Luis García-López