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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #183

September 5, 2004

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Philosophical Differences (War Games Act Two Part Two)

As Gotham City’s defenders brace for another brutal night, a hero returns.

Writer: A.J. Lieberman
Pencils: Brad Walker
Inks: Troy Nixey
Colors: Javier Rodriguez
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover Art: Brian Haberlin
Publisher: DC Comics

This issue, like last month’s Gotham Knights, is a series of vignettes that takes us around to many of the characters we’re following in this massive storyline, but it’s much more successful at it. If you haven’t been reading “War Games,” this is almost the perfect primer to get you up-to date.

Catwoman, having discovered that Spoiler initiated the gang war in an effort to round up Gotham’s top mob bosses and get back in Batman’s good graces, grounds the young girl and sets out to try to help get the city under control. Tim Drake, back in uniform as Robin, meets up with his boss, only to find he doesn’t quite get the warm reception he expected. Batman, in his “Matches Malone” identity, is hunting for info behind who is fueling the gang war as it rages. And best of all, the second-greatest hero Gotham City has ever known, Jim Gordon comes out to try to help put things right. (No, this isn’t a spoiler, he’s right there on the cover.)

Gordon, who has been woefully underutilized since his retirement a couple of years ago, steps up to try to act as something of a liaison between Batman and Commissioner Akins. He’s got his own take on the gang war and how to handle it, however, and his reaction may surprise some of his former friends.

Walker and Nixey do a good job with the art chores this issue, giving each of our heroes a solid look, and doing a particularly good job with a sequence featuring Matches Malone gathering information.

I’ll be honest, the return of Jim Gordon boosts this book up from just “Good” to “Very Good” in my eyes. He’s a great character that has been sorely missed, and he is used to perfection in this issue. With Hell raging through Gotham, he’s a character who could still have quite a lot to do. Hopefully, he’ll stick around.

Rating: 8/10

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