By Tracy Hickman

Behind each masks is a true guy.

Two males joined through blood yet separated by means of homicide: Thomas, the rebellious health professional and inheritor to the monstrous Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose existence is ceaselessly altered while he witnesses the brutal dying of his parents.

The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous element on which Bruce turns to turn into the mysterious crusader Batman—the genesis of an easy mugging long past horribly flawed. The darkish Knight's dossier at the case has lengthy been closed, the rules of Bruce Wayne's mystery lifestyles safe. yet those foundations are shaken while an unforeseen visitor invades the grounds of Wayne Manor, elevating questions on the development that ended the lives of the mum he enjoyed and the daddy he worshipped, and sparked his unquenchable force to guard and avenge.

To observe his actual relations historical past, Batman needs to face down previous foes, confront his in basic terms confidant, invade the evil middle of Arkham Asylum, and shoulder the poor new burden of a dismal legacy.

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