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The middle act of the cataclysmic story that alters Batmans world forever! In this second volume the truth behind the criminal activity is revealed, one of Batmans agents is beaten, another killed and a new player emerges on the sceneone assumed gone for good but now ready to seize control over Gothams underworld. The Dark Knight may be powerless to stop the streets from r The middle act of the cataclysmic story that alters Batmans world forever! In this second volume the truth behind the criminal activity is revealed, one of Batmans agents is beaten, another killed and a new player emerges on the sceneone assumed gone for good but now ready to seize control over Gothams underworld. The Dark Knight may be powerless to stop the streets from running red with blood, and the police are losing their trust in him and his colleagues. Collects: Detective Comics #798 Legends of the Dark Knight #183 Nightwing #97 Gotham Knights #57 Robin #130 Batgirl #56 Catwoman #35 Batman #632


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The middle act of the cataclysmic story that alters Batmans world forever! In this second volume the truth behind the criminal activity is revealed, one of Batmans agents is beaten, another killed and a new player emerges on the sceneone assumed gone for good but now ready to seize control over Gothams underworld. The Dark Knight may be powerless to stop the streets from r The middle act of the cataclysmic story that alters Batmans world forever! In this second volume the truth behind the criminal activity is revealed, one of Batmans agents is beaten, another killed and a new player emerges on the sceneone assumed gone for good but now ready to seize control over Gothams underworld. The Dark Knight may be powerless to stop the streets from running red with blood, and the police are losing their trust in him and his colleagues. Collects: Detective Comics #798 Legends of the Dark Knight #183 Nightwing #97 Gotham Knights #57 Robin #130 Batgirl #56 Catwoman #35 Batman #632

30 review for Batman: War Games, Act 2: Tides (Batman: War Games Act 2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    StoryTellerShannon

    The Bat Family is challenged as Gotham comes under siege amidst a gang war. The groups that wish to stop this are on opposing sides at times. There is some very good conflict on a social level for various Bat Family characters. OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    I love me some Batman and this middle volume is no exception. However, I must say that sometimes, Batman is infuriating and could do a bit better in the "Team Player" department. I would've normally rated this three stars, but the story gets one extra star for the way it ends alone. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    William Thomas

    it is my personal opinion that the batman books deserve better writers, scripters and artists than this arc was given to use. disgustingly disappointing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    tony dillard jr

    The way this current Gotham City gang war is evolving seems too eerily familiar to Batman. That's because when Stephanie Brown was given her packing orders to vacate the Batcave as the new Robin, she stole a war game scenario from the Dark Knight's Bat-Computer. The fallen sidekick hoped that if she could bring the gangs of Gotham under control, she'd win favor with the Caped Crusader and be given a chance to be Robin again. However, there was one little factor that Stephanie wasn't counting o The way this current Gotham City gang war is evolving seems too eerily familiar to Batman. That's because when Stephanie Brown was given her packing orders to vacate the Batcave as the new Robin, she stole a war game scenario from the Dark Knight's Bat-Computer. The fallen sidekick hoped that if she could bring the gangs of Gotham under control, she'd win favor with the Caped Crusader and be given a chance to be Robin again. However, there was one little factor that Stephanie wasn't counting on and the entire scenario blew up right in her face. Now Batman must race to protect the new gang leader known as Orpheus if the hero has any hope of restoring order to the city. Orpheus was being set up as Batman's de facto leader over organized crime in Gotham so that the Dark Knight could control the gangs. Orpheus is the key to the plan's success. However, a long thought dead enemy of the Bat's is hiding in the wings and he has his own plans for Orpheus. Whomever gets to Orpheus first will have control of the board when the War Games enters Act 3! I think the second act of War Games was just as good if not better in terms of story than Act One. But the artwork... well, it needs work. There's a couple of chapters that focus on Catwoman and whoever had the duty to render the feline anti-hero made her look like a frog in a black rain coat wearing Madonna's pointy bra. Plus some of the poses of Nightwing and Batgirl swinging through the Gotham skyline are just not physically possible in nature. What's up with that? A great story with some so-so art.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Tim does the right thing! He puts his Robin suit back on, even though he has to break his word to his father to do it. There is awesome lack of emotional conversation with Batman about it: "You're Back." "I am... for now." And he explains it to his father when he has to, by choice, before his father finds out on his own. Also Stephanie gets tortured horribly by Black Mask. Leslie's clinic is overrun because of the horrible gang wars, but Jack and Donna volunteer to help out. Yay! Tim's dad and s Tim does the right thing! He puts his Robin suit back on, even though he has to break his word to his father to do it. There is awesome lack of emotional conversation with Batman about it: "You're Back." "I am... for now." And he explains it to his father when he has to, by choice, before his father finds out on his own. Also Stephanie gets tortured horribly by Black Mask. Leslie's clinic is overrun because of the horrible gang wars, but Jack and Donna volunteer to help out. Yay! Tim's dad and step-mom get honorary places in the bat-family. Batman pisses off both Oracle and the new Gotham Police Commissioner-who-is-not-Gordon by taking over Oracle's system and convincing the police to do what he says forcing all of the various gang members to a park with an amphitheater. I wonder if that could go horribly wrong.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    I didn't even know that I had finished this comic until I opened it up again (on my tablet) after almost a month of not reading it! Its's weird to do a review on a comic that I hadn't just finished but from what I remember, a couple of nice twists happened that made me excited to read the end of this series, to see how these would be resolved and how Batman would handle those situations. Anyway, I hope it doesn't take me a month to realise that I finished the 3rd Act when I read it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Quite simply one of the best street-level Batman stories I've ever read. It doesn't reach the Snyder's best--"Night of the Owls," "Death of the Family," "Endgame"--or Loeb and Lee's Hush, but it places Batman up against a problem where he's scrambling just to stay even with the problem. I'm two thirds of the way through and I've no idea how he'll fix this one, and that's a good thing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holly Hand Grenade

    The sheer amount of characters in this story makes it worth reading. Heroes and villains I've never seen in a story together are battling right there on the pages. Great stuff. Can't wait to read the next. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Indika De Silva

    This is one exciting, action filled awesome graphic novel. Gotham city is in total chaos as rival gangs have created a war zone within Gotham. It is up to Batman and his associates to bring order into chaos. They should really make at least an animated movie for this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I'D LOVE TO LEAVE A PROPER REVIEW BUT I HAVE THE THIRD AND FINAL VOLUME IN THE SERIES AND THIS THING IS SO INTENSE I DON'T HAVE TIME SO I GOTTA GO READ KAY BYE.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Koen

    This act didn't pack as much punch as the first one imho. But still a very good read.. And on to act 3 of course ;)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Walker

    I'm really glad that I picked up Act 2 despite not really being impressed by Act 1. While not perfect by any means, there was a lot of solid work on Batman that didn't revolve solely around Batman kicking people in the face (though, to be fair, there is still a lot of that). I became interested in picking up this series after reading Glenn Weldon criticize it for being the most flagrant example of the "master strategist" interpretation of Batman. That is, the writers who took his history of dete I'm really glad that I picked up Act 2 despite not really being impressed by Act 1. While not perfect by any means, there was a lot of solid work on Batman that didn't revolve solely around Batman kicking people in the face (though, to be fair, there is still a lot of that). I became interested in picking up this series after reading Glenn Weldon criticize it for being the most flagrant example of the "master strategist" interpretation of Batman. That is, the writers who took his history of detection skills and battle planning and magnified them to the nth degree so that he's the seemingly all-knowing, ten steps ahead of everyone kind of hero. No doubt that's the backbone of this storyline, but I was pleased to find that the focus of the arc was Batman's weaknesses, specifically the way in which his cold and dictatorial manner causes tension with his allies. It doesn't shy away from how poorly Batman treats Oracle, Nightwing, Robin, and anyone else who tries to lend him a hand. This extends to his relationship to the new James Gordon-less GCPD with some pretty disastrous results. Far from celebrating Batman as a master strategist, this arc really nails how his paranoia and secretive nature make it extremely difficult for him to work effectively as a team player. As with any collection, some of the issues are better than others. Andersen Gabrych, Devin Grayson, and A.J. Lieberman all do fine work. I didn't like Ed Brubaker's issue of Catwoman, which is surprising, because that was one of the high points of Act One. I also didn't care for Dylan Horrocks Batgirl, though that might have had more to do with Mike Huddleston's cartoon-style artwork. Bill Willingham's work is decent, but it centers around one of my least favorite aspects of the story, the treatment of Spoiler. She's one of my favorite minor characters, and I feel the way DC treated her was pretty awful and problematic. Overall this leaves me with some optimism for the third installment. Hopefully they can stick the landing!

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Wiswell

    I read all three volumes of this hulk in one day, which attests to it being a quick read, but mostly to it being a compelling read. I was up until 2:00 AM blowing through the third volume, where the mystery antagonist being outed and becoming visibly active kicks the story up that last notch, especially since he/she is a totally different kind of quirky villain in that darkly understated way. It’s slow to start and has a poor sense of the city really being in chaos since the story is told almost I read all three volumes of this hulk in one day, which attests to it being a quick read, but mostly to it being a compelling read. I was up until 2:00 AM blowing through the third volume, where the mystery antagonist being outed and becoming visibly active kicks the story up that last notch, especially since he/she is a totally different kind of quirky villain in that darkly understated way. It’s slow to start and has a poor sense of the city really being in chaos since the story is told almost entirely with various police and costumed heroes responding to specific emergencies, but Gotham enflamed in gang war creates a really exciting story as it goes on. Most of the notable Gothamites bring backstory that’s readily understandable and sympathetic: Nightwing is haunted by his complicitness in a murder, Spoiler is trying to prove herself after being ‘fired’ from the position of Robin (and in doing so mistakenly sparks the gang war), the huge gang war plot is something Batman actually devised but never intended to implement, the new commissioner keeps coming in on the wrong end of situations and can’t trust these heroes, and the real Robin struggles with staying out of the business when the city needs every hand it can get. The gang warfare has just enough structure to satisfy while being too chaotic for anyone to pre-empt or stop, leaving the story to define the characters rather than the normal pedantic tales where Batman or one of his arch-villain plans everything. There aren’t so many colorful classic baddies like Poison Ivy or Joker, in place of gang leaders and the few white collar criminals, like Penguin (who makes a killing supplying ammunition) and Deadshot (hired as a bodyguard). The only substantial weaknesses are a few really unnecessary characters making some really unnecessary appearances (Hush shows up three times just to remind us how tough he is), and that since this story crossed multiple comics the compilation has a different artist for every chapter. These artists aren’t doing anything daring, instead being just similar enough for the changes in body types, facial structures and sometimes what clothing people are wearing to be jarring. It’s got to be some testament to the overall editing and direction of the story that I could bop across every differently drawn chapter so quickly, though.

  14. 4 out of 5

    quinnster

    It's hard to review stuff like this without giving away key plot points that make the story is great as it is. There are moments here where I thought 'oh crap, didn't see that coming!' and I don't know if it's because I'm not as immersed in this era of Batman or if it really was an 'oh crap, didn't see that coming!' moment for others who read it as well. I'm not so versed when it comes to Orpheus or Onyx and I didn't even really remember there was ever another Batgirl besides Barbara Gordon so th It's hard to review stuff like this without giving away key plot points that make the story is great as it is. There are moments here where I thought 'oh crap, didn't see that coming!' and I don't know if it's because I'm not as immersed in this era of Batman or if it really was an 'oh crap, didn't see that coming!' moment for others who read it as well. I'm not so versed when it comes to Orpheus or Onyx and I didn't even really remember there was ever another Batgirl besides Barbara Gordon so there was a lot of new material for me to digest. There is a lot of drama in this collection and this was one of those collections where I felt like I should have read the issues before these, but that's a lot of backstory and until I can get my hands on all 630 Batman issues before this one I'm probably always going to be behind. Nonetheless, this was an engaging, gripping series. There were a few times when I was a little lost as to who was speaking, but that was usually cleared up pretty fast. I would surely recommend this one to anyone who was looking to get into the Batman world. It's got some pretty big moments...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jbainnz

    So I'm two parts in and I'm really enjoying this arc so far! Gotham is in the middle of a gang war, that evidentially was started by Spoiler while trying to impress Batman. Then things take another turn when a familiar face returns to spice things up. There are a lot of characters to get familiar with in this, but the story does give you time to get a feel for them all. The tension between Oracle and Batman is building to breaking point so it will be interesting to see what happens in the final So I'm two parts in and I'm really enjoying this arc so far! Gotham is in the middle of a gang war, that evidentially was started by Spoiler while trying to impress Batman. Then things take another turn when a familiar face returns to spice things up. There are a lot of characters to get familiar with in this, but the story does give you time to get a feel for them all. The tension between Oracle and Batman is building to breaking point so it will be interesting to see what happens in the final volume. This has some powerful scenes throughout, a stand out for me was the torture scene with Spoiler. I find myself really routing for her even though I know the final outcome. I'm also interested to see how the Orpheus/Black Mask scenario will play out. I have no idea what's going to happen next and I love it. Can't wait to start on the final volume!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mersini

    This is a fairly interesting series. I don't think Act 2 was quite as action packed as the first though. I'm unfamiliar with many of the characters still, since I prefer stories where Batman works by himself. So I am definitely missing lots of backstory here. I also feel like I don't like this iteration of Batman. He is selfish and uncommunicative and overall not particularly compassionate. He's a distant character and I think the story is lacking because of it. I know it's part of the conflict, This is a fairly interesting series. I don't think Act 2 was quite as action packed as the first though. I'm unfamiliar with many of the characters still, since I prefer stories where Batman works by himself. So I am definitely missing lots of backstory here. I also feel like I don't like this iteration of Batman. He is selfish and uncommunicative and overall not particularly compassionate. He's a distant character and I think the story is lacking because of it. I know it's part of the conflict, but it's difficult to not even see a modicum of a Batman I recognise in this version of him. So it's not a bad series and probably worth reading, but I definitely recommend having more backstory before diving in.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roybot

    Much like the earlier volumes, this one is really uneven. There are moments of awesomeness, but they're bogged down by bad writing. (view spoiler)[The sudden, weird shift in the way Leslie views the various Bat characters feels forced. Bruce's continued rude treatment of his colleagues feels out of place and forced. And don't even get me started on Orpheus and Spoiler. (hide spoiler)] I am really enjoying the storyline overall, but it's a bumpy ride.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Javeria

    What was this?This was just a huge mess in a pile.I was really expecting more from a batman comic so disappointing.The whole time im like why is nightwing crying?Why does batman look like hes been starved to death?And why isn't anyone using there brain??Also the art work sucked to.What even was this?This makes me happy that the new 52 exist.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    While I tend to like the Batman stories when Batman isn't a complete and total jerk to all of his friends, I am really enjoying this War Games arc. As is with any middle entry of a trilogy there was no resolution to this, but the story was fast-paced and interesting. I love the Batman family so it's cool to have the whole gang working together. I'm looking forward to the conclusion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sookie

    The second act is underwhelming in the way everything that was subtle in the first act is drawn out in detail and is exposed bit by bit. The continuity of this arc was a let down after a wonderful opening.

  21. 5 out of 5

    miaaa

    Chaos still engulfed Gotham City and the GCPD got no idea how to contain it. Batman to the rescue! Or not. Either way, it's always a joy to read and I wonder how he will end this chaos.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jedhua

    ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars>

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    read in single issues

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Forsyth

    Hard to believe Batman is the world's greatest detective with some of the shenanigans that go on in this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    Good interplay between villains/heroes/Gothamites etc. Once again great coordination between all titles and storylines.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Again, much like the first, we are given just enough to continue. I do really enjoy the characterizations of the male characters and Catwoman, but Spoiler really bothers me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    James

    I just like the option to hide this review because of Spoilers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jarrett

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nichollas Rampulla

  30. 5 out of 5

    Holly Koch

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