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Batman: Prey

Batman_Prey_coverTaking place in the early years of Batman’s career we have a story that involves Hugo Strange weeding himself into the public eye and leveraging himself into a position that grants him access to the Gotham City Police Departments files on Batman.  He uses his position to figure out Batman’s true identity.

Throughout this story, through the dialogue of Hugo Strange, we get to hear his analysis about what makes Batman tick.  A lot of these theories are often correct and give insight into Batman’s psyche.  The irony is that Hugo Strange is just as obsessive and at times much more unhinged than he believes the Batman to be.

The relationship between Jim Gordon and Batman is also tested here, as Jim Gordon is publicly made the head of Batman’s Task Force.  While trying to continue to help Batman problems arise as his Task Force spy on Gordon and find that he has been assisting Batman.

Hugo Strange despite being unhinged is very intelligent and battles Batman psychologically.  Whether it’s creating a new brutal vigilante or having an imposter dress as Batman, he discredits Batman and attacks him from all angles, constantly goading him as he does so.  This creates a situation where Hugo Strange is almost untouchable as any violent action from Batman would ruin his image even further.

This is a must-read for fans of Hugo Strange.  He is completely psychotic, intelligent and manipulative and this makes him a difficult opponent for Batman to Encounter.

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Batman and the Monster Men

downloadThis story is another story taking place in the early years of Batman’s career and depicts Batman’s first encounter with Hugo Strange.  While investigating a string of violent murders Batman crosses paths with Hugo Strange and the outcome of his human experimentation.

One of the unique subplots of this story involves Bruce Wayne’s love interest, Julie.  Theres nothing overly different about their relationship, as is often the case with Batman stories, she falls in love, finds Bruce Wayne mysterious and attempts to break through and find out about the real Bruce Wayne.  This is something Batman fans are used to seeing.  However, the character of Julie was one of Bruce Wayne’s love interests from the golden age of Batman comics and hadn’t been seen since 1941 in comics.  Her addition and re-imagining add a nice little touch for long-term fans.

The Dilemma that unfolds involving her father getting in deep with a loan shark adds a realism to this story as the father turns to alcohol and Julie dances on the edge of hysteria, we get to see very human emotions in play which adds a realistic element to the story.

Sal Maroni is also a key character in this story indicating that the events of the story take place prior to The Long Halloween‘s final issues.  He is shown as a loan shark who loans money to Hugo Strange to continue his sick and twisted research.  His appearance in this story adds more depth to his character.  He is an incredibly unlikeable character who you want to come to a horrible end.

Hugo Strange is handled brilliantly here, despite his apparent shortcomings he is a very strong, intelligent and dangerous man.  He is portrayed as very unforgiving and willing to ignore ethics to reach his goal through experimentation.  It is through this experimentation and creation of his monster men that leads to a very bloody finale.

Overall this is a great Batman story, its great for newcomers and long-term fans.  There are a lot of believable characters, a great villain and a gory showdown.  This one is worth your time.

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