This book is about the super powered, and some not so super powered, villains of Gotham fighting for control of the city with no pretense of saving it. Reading the book is like watching a pack of hyenas fight over the carcass of a dead gazelle, only it is more interested and definitely more satisfying. The fight between Killer Croc and Bane that is promised on the cover delivers in spectacular fashion, although I still would have liked a bit more. The art by Scot Eaton gives every impact a definite sense of weight and impact, which a comic like this needs.
Like many of the DC comics in the New 52 Universe, there is a sense of uneasiness as you are not quite sure what is considered canon and what you, as a long time fan, have to dismiss. This leads to a few moments when alliances don't quite make sense, but that is the nature of ditching continuity. Another small complaint I have is there is no summary or brief exposition letting new readers get up to speed on events. If you have not been keeping up with the DC Universe this is not the book to jump into and try to find your bearings.
This is a great story that delivers everything the cover promises and more. As I stated before, if you have not been keeping up with the DC Universe then I can't recommend this issue. However, if you have been reading DC comics then you don't want to miss this one.
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