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Batman: Battle for the Cowl by Tony S. DanielBatman: R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS saw the end of Batman. Now, months following the disappearance of her protector, Gotham City sits at a precipice and it may be too far gone for Nightwing, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and the rest of the citys heroes to save the day. Amid the fires, rioting, looting and gang warfare, one question rings out from the souls of Gothams desperate citizens: Where is Batman?
With guest-stars galore, the destruction of a sacred Gotham City institution and an ending that will have everyone talking, this event written and drawn by Tony Daniel (The Tenth) and other top creators features the battle to take on the Mantle of the Bat. Who has earned the right? Who thinks they deserve it? Robin? Nightwing? Jason Todd? Two-Face? Catwoman? Batgirl? Who will ultimately win the BATTLE FOR THE COWL?
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Batman: Battle for the Cowl Vol 1
Two-Face and the Penguin are leading a mob war while, unbeknownst to them, a third candidate arrives into the battle, Black Mask. Following Batman's death, hundreds of criminals in Gotham attempt to rise and take over the city. After forcing Arkham's inmates into working for him, Black Mask begins his attacks on Two-Face and the Penguin's supplies. The Bat-Family is trying desperately to bring order to Gotham. Nightwing leads the effort but refuses to become Batman despite Robin 's urging.
A Hostile Takeover
Following the events of "Batman R. A state of emergency has been declared in Gotham and a gang war between Two-Face and Penguin is blooming. The Network -- a collective of Batman-related characters brought together under the auspices of Nightwing and Batgirl really, Batgirl? Daniel does a decent job of making this a full-fledged action comic, but he tries a little too hard to include everybody and everything. In spite of his efforts, many pieces get overlooked or just plain squeezed out in this issue which Daniel narrates through Tim Drake. Most of the characterization is solid, but Nightwing is brooding and standoffish, something that just really grates against the general evolution of the character over the past decade.