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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories from the streets, 15 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Batman: The Streets of Gotham - Leviathan (Vol. 2) (Batman Streets of Gotham) (Paperback)
With Bruce Wayne lost to the world, Dick Grayson dons the cowl of Batman with Damian at his side as Robin and a host of allies, to keep peace on the streets of Gotham. But with Batman temporarily gone, chaos has erupted and Gotham is in as much peril now as it ever was. Cue Man Bat, Black Mask, a series of abducted children, the psychotic Zsasz, a jealous and murderous boyfriend of a call girl, and an unlikely new superhero called Abuse.

The "Streets of Gotham" series is a collection of short stories by a variety of writers showcasing the mini-disasters that happened when Batman left Gotham. And surprisingly, there are no duds in the stories here, they're all brilliant.

Chris Yost writes the title story, Leviathan, and does a fantastic job of turning expectations on their head. Huntress is after Man Bat who seems to have gone crazy - but has he?

Mike Benson writes "Hardcore Nights" where a seedy sex club has been building up a body count - Batman puts aside the cowl and decides to solve this mystery as Dick Grayson.

Paul Dini writes the other three stories starting with "In the Bleak Midwinter" and tells the sad tale of street children disappearing and an underground death club run by one Victor Zsasz. 12 year olds Damian and an orphan called Colin (with quite the secret) wind up in this club and must fight their way out.

What I like about these stories are that they're obviously Batman-themed but the Dark Knight plays a minimal role in all of them. Huntress and a priest are the heroes of the first story, Dick Grayson plays a bigger role than the Batman in his story, and Paul Dini's stories have Batman show up in the final couple of pages when the story is over - Damian and Colin are the heroes. And it's a credit to the writers that despite this lack of Batman that they're still gripping reads.

This book is a fantastic look at the heroes of Gotham who won't get entire books written about them but get a moment in the spotlight here nonetheless. "Leviathan" is a fine addition to the overarching Batman storyline and a must read for Batfans everywhere.
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