Batman: War Games

 BAWG   (DC, 2005)

™ and © 2004 DC Comics, Inc.

A series of mysterious letters summons the big figures of Gotham City’s criminal underworld to a late night rendezvous outside a deserted factory. When the sender of the missives fails to show up, tensions build until somebody picks the wrong time to reach for the lighter in his jacket pocket. A massive shootout ensues, and the survivors and successors continue their battle throughout the city, plunging it into a maelstrom of gang warfare. Batman, Oracle and Batgirl fight the spreading violence directly, while Catwoman, Orpheus and Onyx protect their turf in their own manner. But even with Nightwing and Tarantula taking time away from Bludhaven to help, the violence expands past the normal bounds of conduct to engulf the innocent as well as the guilty.

— Joe Trela

From The Comics Buyer’s Guide:

Not only does “War Games” end badly, creatively and otherwise, it takes forever to get there. It’s a classic example of a branded “event” that got away from both its editors and some talented writers (plus guys who apparently have never read a Batman comic before) who were unfortunately caught up in this miserable mess.

The plot is simple enough: Blackmask (the man who has to polish his head, now looking as if he was separated at birth from The Red Skull) tries to take control of Gotham’s organized crime. The twists and turns keep coming but fail to engage, coming off as mere pretexts to keep this feeble excuse for a story going yet another month.

There’s gratuitous torture, failure is piled atop failure, the death of one regular character is followed by another (does anyone know either of them well enough to actually mourn their passing?), and the Gotham police, who really should know better, stupidly turn their backs on the vigilantes when they’ve never needed them more.

— S. A. Bennett

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#1

 
  $14.99
  $7.00
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Collects Batgirl #55, Batman #631, Batman: Gotham Knights # 56, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #182, Batman: The 12-Cent Adventure, Catwoman (3rd Series) #34, Detective Comics #797, Nightwing #96, and Robin #129; ca. 2005Ed Brubaker, Andersen Gabrych, Devin Grayson, Dylan Horrocks, A.J. Lieberman, Bill WillinghamRamon F. Bachs, Al Barrionuevo, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Paul Gulacy, Kinsun, Mike Lilly, Sean Phillips, Brad Walker, Pete Woods

#1 (2nd printing)

 
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2nd printing; Collects Batgirl #55, Batman #631, Batman: Gotham Knights # 56, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #182, Batman: The 12-Cent Adventure, Catwoman (3rd Series) #34, Detective Comics #797, Nightwing #96, and Robin #129Ed Brubaker, Andersen Gabrych, Devin Grayson, Dylan Horrocks, A.J. Lieberman, Bill WillinghamRamon F. Bachs, Al Barrionuevo, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Paul Gulacy, Kinsun, Mike Lilly, Sean Phillips, Brad Walker, Pete Woods

#1 (5th printing)

 
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5th printing; Collects Batgirl #55, Batman #631, Batman: Gotham Knights # 56, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #182, Batman: The 12-Cent Adventure, Catwoman (3rd Series) #34, Detective Comics #797, Nightwing #96, and Robin #129  

#2

 
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Collects Batgirl #56, Batman #632, Batman: Gotham Knights # 57, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #183, Catwoman (3rd Series) #35, Detective Comics #798, Nightwing #97, and Robin #130; ca. 2005Ed Brubaker, Andersen Gabrych, Devin Grayson, Dylan Horrocks, A.J. Lieberman, Bill WillinghamRamon F. Bachs, Al Barrionuevo, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Paul Gulacy, Kinsun, Mike Lilly, Sean Phillips, Brad Walker, Pete Woods

#2 (2nd printing)

 
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2nd printing; Collects Batgirl #56, Batman #632, Batman: Gotham Knights # 57, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #183, Catwoman (3rd Series) #35, Detective Comics #798, Nightwing #97, and Robin #130; ca. 2005Ed Brubaker, Andersen Gabrych, Devin Grayson, Dylan Horrocks, A.J. Lieberman, Bill WillinghamRamon F. Bachs, Al Barrionuevo, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Paul Gulacy, Kinsun, Mike Lilly, Sean Phillips, Brad Walker, Pete Woods

#3

 
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Collects Batgirl #57, Batman #633, Batman: Gotham Knights #58, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #184, Catwoman (3rd Series) #36, Detective Comics #799, Nightwing #98, Robin #131; ca. 2005Ed Brubaker, Andersen Gabrych, Devin Grayson, Dylan Horrocks, A.J. Lieberman, Bill WillinghamAl Barrionuevo, Thomas Derenick, Paul Gulacy, Mike Huddleston, Kinsun, Sean Phillips, Brad Walker, Pete Woods

#3 (2nd printing)

 
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2nd printing; Collects Batgirl #57, Batman #633, Batman: Gotham Knights #58, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #184, Catwoman (3rd Series) #36, Detective Comics #799, Nightwing #98, Robin #131; ca. 2005Ed Brubaker, Andersen Gabrych, Devin Grayson, Dylan Horrocks, A.J. Lieberman, Bill WillinghamAl Barrionuevo, Thomas Derenick, Paul Gulacy, Mike Huddleston, Kinsun, Sean Phillips, Brad Walker, Pete Woods

Deluxe Set #1

 
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Collects Detective Comics #790-797, Robin #126-129, Batgirl #53-55, Solo #10, Batman 12-cent Adventure #1, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #182, Nightwing #96, Batman: Gotham Knights #56, Catwoman #34, and Batman #631Devin Grayson 

Deluxe Set #2

 
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Collects Detective Comics #798, Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knight #183, Nightwing #97, Batman: Gotham Knights #57, Robin #130, Batgirl #56, Catwoman (4th Series) #35-36 And Batman #633Ed Brubaker, Andersen Gabrych, A.J. Lieberman, Devon Grayson, Bill Willingham, Dylan Horrocks, Bruce JonesPete Woods, Brad Walker, Mike Lilly, Al Barrionuevo, Jon Proctor, Mike Huddleston, Paul Gulacy, Kinsun Loh, Sean Phillips, Thomas Derenick, Paul Lee, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Chris Marrinan