Harvey Dent is dead. Or is he?
A gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear when they are mysteriously well-armed with military-grade weapons: flamethrowers, grenade launchers, and even tanks.
And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent.
Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth by tapping his growing network of agents, including Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon, Waylon “Killer Croc” Jones, and the savvy new Catwoman.
Bruce is distracted by the seemingly impossible return of another figure believed dead: his grandfather Adrian Arkham. He must also comfort his longtime friend, Gotham City mayor Jessica Dent, who is scarred both physically and mentally from her experience with the Riddler, which resulted in the gruesome death of her brother.
But is Harvey back, plotting revenge on a city he proclaims to be guilty?
When Batman discovers the truth behind these many mysteries, his entire world unravels...
For someone known for using intertwining continuity on books such as Green Lantern, Superman and the Justice League, writer Johns feels right in his element creating a new Batman and Gotham City from scratch. This graphic novel finds a lot of success in turning old stories into something that plays well in the modern day. The updates from Bruce Wayne's lack of detective skills to the transformation of Alfred into a former soldier make perfect sense and serve the story well. The adaption of classic Batman villain The Riddler into a cunning serial killer is particularly well played, grounding a character who tends to veer on the comedic side. Gotham under the pen of Johns is ugly, and artist Frank draws ugly beautifully, making even the white knight characters feel like they have shades of gray. The only significant flaw lies with the developments of the Dent family, which feels forced into the narrative. Together, though, Johns and Frank are able to revitalize a concept that nobody knew needed to be revitalized, breathing new life into a 75 year-old pop culture icon.