Batman: Scar of the Bat

 BSOB   (DC, 1996)

™ and ©1996 DC Comics, Inc.

When “Scarface” Al Capone ruled the Chicago underworld, he was alleged to have once killed two untrustworthy associates with a baseball bat. In this Elseworlds story, another man takes up a bat and takes on Capone’s mob. He becomes a “Batman” of sorts, but a very different one than the one known to readers of DC comics.

Writer Max Allan Collins spins a tale which deftly mixes super-hero adventure with historical fiction. In it, he gives his take on how Elliott Ness and his “Capone Squad” managed to bring down the most infamous gangster of all time. In a city where the mob ran everything from illegal booze to crooked cops, federal agent Ness was forced to recruit carefully to form a squad of cops who couldn’t be bought. As a result, his squad was known as “The Untouchables” and became part of popular legend. In this tale, however, the legend is expanded to include a masked man who set out to strike fear into the hearts of criminals.

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ElseworldsMax Allan CollinsEduardo Barreto