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Batman Confidential


Cover to Batman Confidential #1, art by Whilce Portacio and Richard Friend. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... Image File history File links Speech_balloon. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Whilce Portacio is a Filipino-American comic book artist. ...

Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing Series
Publication dates 2006 - Present
Number of issues 7 (as of July '07)
Main character(s) Batman, Alfred Pennyworth, Lucius Fox, Lex Luthor
Creative team
Writer(s) Andy Diggle
Michael Green
Artist(s) Whilce Portacio
Richard Friend

Batman Confidential is a monthly comic book series from DC Comics which debuted its first issue on December 6, 2006. The series features the superhero Batman's early adventures, the first story arcs taking place just after his first weeks as a crimefighter. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... Lucius Fox is a fictional character appearing in Batman comic books by DC Comics. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics and the noted archenemy of Superman. ... Andy Diggle is a British comic book writer and former editor of 2000 AD. His most recent works include The Losers, Swamp Thing, Adam Strange and Silent Dragon. ... There are several people called Michael Green, including: Michael Green (cricketer) Michael Green (field hockey) - Field hockey player from Germany Michael Green (humorist) - humorous author Michael Green (physicist) - involved with string theory Michael Green (political expert) - Asia expert on the National Security Council; see NK news article Michael Green (runner... Whilce Portacio is a Filipino-American comic book artist. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ...


Based upon the covers of issues 3 and 4, it was thought DC had changed the format of the book from an ongoing monthly title to an 8 part mini-series. While no official statement was made regarding the change, the number did not refer to the current story arc which was still solicited as 6 parts. With issue number 5, this numbering has been dropped from the cover.


Issue 7 is currently solicited for July 11th, 2007. It is written by Michael Green with Art and Cover by Denys Cowan and John Floyd. The solicitation states: What kind of person becomes a Joker? Writer Michael Green (Heroes writer/producer) and classic Batman artist Denys Cowan shed light on who the Joker was before he became the Joker…and how he and Batman crossed paths even before the day he was created. The solicitation does not mention how many issues the second arc is slated to run, however an interview with the artist stated it will be 4 issues. [1]


Like Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman Confidential features stories by rotating creative teams and will continue to be set in the early years of Batman’s career. The similarities, however, stop there. Rather than feature early crime-fighting Batman tales, Batman Confidential will feature stories that illustrate key moments in the character’s past such as first meetings, critical decisions, alliances, confrontations and events that would shape him as the character he is today. [2] Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, commonly referred to as simply Legends of the Dark Knight is a DC comic book featuring Batman. ...

Contents

Story arcs

Rules of Engagement (#1-6)

The first story arc by Andy Diggle and Whilce Portacio features Batman, roughly a year after he started fighting crime, in his first encounter with Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor. While interrogating a murderer he has just apprehended on patrol, Batman spots a laser sight focused on the man's head. Before he can protect him, the murderer is vaporized by a shot that was fired a very long distance from where he and Batman were standing. Batman begins investigating the type of weapon, and discovers the only thing that his company had created as far as energy weapons go could not be simply carried by one man. The next day, Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor are competing for a military contract concerning a stealth interceptor robot and the O.G.R.E. disaster rescue robot. Afterwards they have a conversation and when they are interrupted by an O.G.R.E. machine who proceeds to attack them. Bruce Wayne is rescued by Alfred Pennyworth who drives him away so that he may change into his Batman costume and return to fight the machine. The O.G.R.E. machine continues to attack Lex Luthor until he escapes into the sewers. Upon realizing that he has lost his quarry, the machine flies away. Andy Diggle is a British comic book writer and former editor of 2000 AD. His most recent works include The Losers, Swamp Thing, Adam Strange and Silent Dragon. ... Whilce Portacio is a Filipino-American comic book artist. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics and the noted archenemy of Superman. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics and the noted archenemy of Superman. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics and the noted archenemy of Superman. ...


At Wayne Enterprises Captain Jim Gordon examines a dead body that had been in the chamber to pilot the O.G.R.E. machine when he had died to a heart attack. He threatens Bruce Wayne with charges if the coroner's report doesn't conclude natural causes for the death. Afterwards, Bruce Wayne learns that the pilot had died just before the O.G.R.E. machine attacked business rival Luthor. This does not cite any references or sources. ... There have been several notable figures, both real and fictional, named James Gordon. ...


After the coroner exonerates Wayne Enterprises and judges the pilot's death as natural causes, Bruce Wayne steals the cadaver and examines it himself to learn a LexCorp device caused the pilot's death. Batman then discovers the O.G.R.E. machine's whereabouts and attempts to reason with it, however instead the machine attacks him. Unlike the earlier fight where Batman's weapons had been ineffective, this time he uses a remote control to deactivate the machine, feeling guilty as he believes the machine has some imprint of the dead pilot's mind inside it, and vows to bring the pilot back to life using the O.G.R.E. machine's memory if he ever gets the chance. This does not cite any references or sources. ... Lex Luthor is a DC Comics supervillain and archenemy of Superman. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


Important events: Alliance with Lucius Fox, the current CEO of Wayne Enterprises; introduction of the Batwing and how Batman acquired it; and first encounter with Superman's arch enemy Lex Luthor. Lucius Fox is a fictional character appearing in Batman comic books by DC Comics. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics and the noted archenemy of Superman. ...


Lovers & Madmen (#7-12)

Taking place during the events of Batman: Year One, Batman recalls all the things that works for being a great crime-fighter. After taking down Berlanti, a gun runner, Gotham City is quiet. Bruce Wayne meets a museum tour guide by the name of Lorna Shore, and he takes to liking her. Later that night Batman looks into the death of three people and a robbery with no motive. Batman starts looking into the crime world of Gotham City for motive. Later, a man named Jack sits depressed at a bar. He meets a blonde cocktail waitress/psychology student named Leeny, and shares his frustrations with her, revealing his boredom with how perfectly he is able to do his "job." Leeny convinces him that whatever life he is running from is a gift and should not be walked away from. After listening to her advice, he decides to seek direction in his life and use his talents. Bruce Wayne and Lorna Shore are seen on a date. Meanwhile, Jack pulls a bank job and still does not feel exhilarated by his "gift". Looking for fun he trips the security systems and the Gotham PD show up, and Batman as well. Jack is last seen in the issue observing the Batman in action and thinks that he looks "Ridiculous"[1], possibly a sign to come of his future obsession with the Dark Knight. Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... Harley Quinn (real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel) is a fictional character in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the DC Comics Batman series and its spin-offs, and subsequently in various Batman-related comic books. ...


Jack feels revitalized from his encounter with the Batman and starts committing crimes with no discernable pattern in order to taunt him, and observes from a distance Batman's frustration with being uable to capture him. Meanwhile, with Alfred busy building a state-of-the-art super-computer, Bruce visits Lorna Shore, who had sent him flowers hoping to get his attention, and ends up spending the night with her. After the computer, which Alfred refers to as "Dupin", is finished being built, Bruce uses it to calculate the mysterious killer's next probable move. The issue ends with the most probable target being revealed to be a museum ball hosted by Lorna.


Jack storms Lorna's museum ball with a bull mask on, hoping to attract the attention of Batman. Upon arrival, Jack quickly escapes, taking Lorna as a hostage, holding a gun to her. While Batman easily disarms Jacks with a batarrang, Jack quickly draws a knife and slashes Lorna across her midsection. Batman rushes to Lorna, who is still alive, while Jack escapes. However, in a fit of rage, Batman flings another batarang at Jack just as he leaves, cutting him on both sides of his jaw, giving Jack a Chelsea grin. Batman then takes Lorna to the hospital, where she rests in critical condition. Upset that he cannot catch Jack, Batman visits Dr. Jonathan Crane (Pre-Scarecrow). Dr. Crane is looking to renovate the old Arkham Mental Asylum to further his study on the criminally insane. Batman asks Crane how he can keep one step ahead of the criminally insane, to which Crane responds: "Oh you silly man in a suit. You can't!" With news of a man Batman can't catch hitting the streets, all the right people are scared and Dr. Crane's grants to renovate the old Asylum are pouring in. Dr. Crane expects the Asylum to finish at the end of the year. Back at the Batcave, Bruce postulates that Jack will seek medical attention and begins to search for the doctors whom not only could repair his face, but who have a low moral barrier to do so. As he does so, he receives a call from the hospital, which Alfred answers. Lorna will most likely not make it. Enraged, Bruce begins destroying the Batcomputer. Once he calms down, Bruce decides that the old way to fight this evil is with evil. At wit's end, Bruce then makes a mysterious call to 'Maletesta' and informs him that he has found Jack and that Maletesta may do with him as he wishes. For the hard rock band, see The Chelsea Smiles. ...


Important events: The beginnings of the Joker; the creation of the Bat Computer; the first meeting between the future Joker and future Harley Quinn. “The Joker” redirects here. ... Harley Quinn (real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel) is a fictional character in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the DC Comics Batman series and its spin-offs, and subsequently in various Batman-related comic books. ...


See also

Batman #1 Spring 1940 Art by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson. ... Superman Confidential is an upcoming monthly comic book series from DC Comics and set to debut its first issue on November 2006. ...

References

  1. ^ "Batman Confidential" #7

 
 

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