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Title: Batman: War Games, Act 3: Endgame
Author: Andersen Gabrych
Publisher: Published October 1st 2005 by DC Comics
ISBN: 9781401204310
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The conclusion of a Gotham-wide gang war that threatens to destroy the city. Ending this will cost Batman the life of one of his allies and the allegiance of the Gotham PD. Collects: BATMAN #633, BATGIRL #57, CATWOMAN #36, ROBIN #131, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #58

30 review for Batman: War Games, Act 3: Endgame

  1. 4 out of 5

    StoryTellerShannon

    In this conclusion Batman has to save Gotham from complete chaos. There's a lot about the other Bat Family members in this one and even with the conclusion there are other problems that will arise in later graphic novels. OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Koen

    This was absolutely a-ma-zing! The thrills this book gave me.. For me the Black Mask was one hell of a villian.. The way he took over the orchestrated actions and bent it to his will.. Very nice move. The heroes had a hard time, seen almost as bad guys themselves.. At a couple of moments I was actually thinking this was going to be the downfall of The Bat and his team.. But of course, who can stop the Bat for real, right? ;) I have to say I got tears in my eyes at the end.. That sure was a difficu This was absolutely a-ma-zing! The thrills this book gave me.. For me the Black Mask was one hell of a villian.. The way he took over the orchestrated actions and bent it to his will.. Very nice move. The heroes had a hard time, seen almost as bad guys themselves.. At a couple of moments I was actually thinking this was going to be the downfall of The Bat and his team.. But of course, who can stop the Bat for real, right? ;) I have to say I got tears in my eyes at the end.. That sure was a difficult moment right there. Oh, and that last panel... well, think we've got a lot to look forward too, right?! And of course, yet again, the artwork was perfect! Dark, gritty,.. just the way I like it! So allround numbers: 5/5/5 for story/characters/artwork

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    The Batman: War Games series finishes in Act 3: Endgame. It is intense, emotional and suspenseful. The action that is depicted is incredible and the story line is finished in a way that doesn't completely satisfy you, it makes you want more. I really enjoyed reading this series and the conclusion of it makes me sad and yet curious as to what will happen next. I will be highly anticipating the future before reading the sequel, Batman: War Crimes. Overall, just another interesting and wonderful Ba The Batman: War Games series finishes in Act 3: Endgame. It is intense, emotional and suspenseful. The action that is depicted is incredible and the story line is finished in a way that doesn't completely satisfy you, it makes you want more. I really enjoyed reading this series and the conclusion of it makes me sad and yet curious as to what will happen next. I will be highly anticipating the future before reading the sequel, Batman: War Crimes. Overall, just another interesting and wonderful Batman comic that makes you love/hate the main character and his actions (but love always wins).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    OMG. That's one doozy of an ending. Let's just say I'm glad I don't live in Gotham City.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Skeyrra

    Everything happening to Stephanie was completely unnecessary and gratuitous violence. Change my mind.

  6. 5 out of 5

    tony dillard jr

    Orpheus, the vigilante hero that Batman handpicked to be his proxy in a war game scenario to control the gangs of Gotham, has been murdered. Without him, Batman's mission to restore order to his city, just got even more harder to accomplish. It's even more taxing as a long thought dead enemy of the Dark Knight has knows of Batman's plans and is impersonating Orpheus in order to put Gotham under their control Adding to the problem, the new Police Commissioner just ordered the GCPD to shoot any a Orpheus, the vigilante hero that Batman handpicked to be his proxy in a war game scenario to control the gangs of Gotham, has been murdered. Without him, Batman's mission to restore order to his city, just got even more harder to accomplish. It's even more taxing as a long thought dead enemy of the Dark Knight has knows of Batman's plans and is impersonating Orpheus in order to put Gotham under their control Adding to the problem, the new Police Commissioner just ordered the GCPD to shoot any and all citizens of the city wearing a mask with extreme prejudice. Batman: War Games comes to an explosive end. It's refreshing to have such a massive scale Batman story to NOT involve the Joker. The artwork chapters involving Catwoman and Batgirl continues to look ridiculous. But the overall story is top notch and is one of the best I've read this side of No Man's Land.

  7. 5 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Holy CRAP that was intense. I screamed at various members of my family to stop talking to me when they came into my room during the reading of the final 2 volumes. I don't even know how to review this other than: READ IT. Is it perfect? No. Is it the BEST writing? No. Are there some parts I skipped over because it was like "ENOUGH ALREADY, I GET IT, THE NEWS THINKS BATMAN IS EVIL"? HELL yes. However, was this one of the most intense and suspenseful series I have read in a very, very, very, ver Holy CRAP that was intense. I screamed at various members of my family to stop talking to me when they came into my room during the reading of the final 2 volumes. I don't even know how to review this other than: READ IT. Is it perfect? No. Is it the BEST writing? No. Are there some parts I skipped over because it was like "ENOUGH ALREADY, I GET IT, THE NEWS THINKS BATMAN IS EVIL"? HELL yes. However, was this one of the most intense and suspenseful series I have read in a very, very, very, very, very long time? Oooooooh boy, yes. If nothing else, the suspense factor was ramped up to an 11. It was all out ANARCHY. I think my body was releasing adrenaline at some point during the second half of this. The ending was alright, but it left a LOT left unsaid (and not in a cool ambiguous way, in a "Um, hi... it's me, the reader. Did you forget about the other 3 storylines you forgot to write the ending to?" kinda way.) It kinda felt like they had gotten Gotham into such a bad spot that they didn't completely know how to get them back into a fully good spot. It DID, however, leave the chance for more added to this series. So here's hoping. One other thing for those of you who've finished this, and knows the ENTIRE life of Spoiler AKA Stephanie; (view spoiler)[ the fact that Stephanie "dies" was a HUGE loss, and confusion for me until I remembered an entire 15 seconds after the panic and despair set in, that Leslie faked her death. That being said, I was so so so happy that Batman was so kind to her in her 'final moments left'. He didn't blame her ONCE [to her face] for anything that happened, and I thought that was really significant for both of their characters.) (hide spoiler)] Okay. So overall, not a complete masterpiece, but if you want something that'll get your heart racing, this is it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Unfortunately flat and derived. Throughout the story arc, I felt like there was a rather absurd amount of attempted character development, without ever actually becoming invested in the fate of the players. Stephanie's mistake was almost palpable from the earliest scene, and the rogue's gallery reunion seemed to draw heavily on the success of the Hush arc. Grayson's derring-do at his high school was particularly poorly executed, and left me feeling like I had just witnessed a secondary school s Unfortunately flat and derived. Throughout the story arc, I felt like there was a rather absurd amount of attempted character development, without ever actually becoming invested in the fate of the players. Stephanie's mistake was almost palpable from the earliest scene, and the rogue's gallery reunion seemed to draw heavily on the success of the Hush arc. Grayson's derring-do at his high school was particularly poorly executed, and left me feeling like I had just witnessed a secondary school student's attempt at a Robin story. "Never stopping, no matter how tired I get, because you don't give up until relieved by qualified medical help" Gag me with a spoon, does anyone think this to themselves?!? I think, in large part, this story suffered from far too many elements. There are multiple components, such as Tommy Elliot's presence, Nightwing's unresolved transgression, Tarantula's poorly justified appearance and even less believable involvement, Dr. Leslie's animosity towards Batman, Arturo's sudden change of heart, and many others that left me wondering how shallow these people were and what the point of engaging the characters might be. Rather than slow the pace of the story, there was explosion after explosion of heightened emotions and violence bound together by poorly reconciled character decisions and seemingly heaps of guilt or self loathing on all sides. Rather than the Christopher Nolan style elaborate and enthralling pacing of Hush, the only comparably character dense comic that readily comes to mind, Wargames felt like a Michael Bay explosion fest.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Evan Dossey

    For the purposes of Goodreads, Act 3 will stand-in for the entire event. I read "War Games" out of curiosity over its controversial 'death' scene. I've been told that the entire story was an 'excuse to kill off Stephanie brown,' which doesn't seem entirely true, given that it re-positions the major Gotham crime families under the control of Black Mask and furthers the relationships of the Bat-family in reasonably significant ways. That said, Stephanie's story is the significant emotional foundatio For the purposes of Goodreads, Act 3 will stand-in for the entire event. I read "War Games" out of curiosity over its controversial 'death' scene. I've been told that the entire story was an 'excuse to kill off Stephanie brown,' which doesn't seem entirely true, given that it re-positions the major Gotham crime families under the control of Black Mask and furthers the relationships of the Bat-family in reasonably significant ways. That said, Stephanie's story is the significant emotional foundation of "War Games," a story that is ultimately, loosely, about Family. She's the youngest, the newest Bat-companion, whose desire to impress the family Patriarch leads to her betraying them in more ways than one. I don't know a whole lot about Stephanie, but ultimately a story about someone trying to enter the Batfamily, and failing, is pretty interesting to me conceptually. Unfortunately, War Games doesn't entirely convey that thematic point particularly well, largely because Batman is either absent or kind of a dick throughout the entire story. We're not given a reason why Stephanie really wants to be part of Batman's life within the story proper. We're honestly not given much reason why anyone wants to be part of this Batman's life. I enjoyed War Games, though. Quick read from an era of D.C. comics that was so recent, but so far away.

  11. 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...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Batman's war-game fails because Black Mask is able to replace Orpheus, something that could never have happened if Batman had known that Spoiler was intending to enact his purely mental exercise. No time to cry over spilled milk, Black Mask first tries to kill everyone in the amphitheater. When our heroes stop that plan, he takes advantage of the shared animosity for Batman to attack Oracle in the clock-tower, claiming it's the bat-cave. Something very sad happens, I won't lie, it made me cry a Batman's war-game fails because Black Mask is able to replace Orpheus, something that could never have happened if Batman had known that Spoiler was intending to enact his purely mental exercise. No time to cry over spilled milk, Black Mask first tries to kill everyone in the amphitheater. When our heroes stop that plan, he takes advantage of the shared animosity for Batman to attack Oracle in the clock-tower, claiming it's the bat-cave. Something very sad happens, I won't lie, it made me cry a little bit. Not because it's emotionally manipulative, but because it's the opposite. Because Batman, who has been entirely focused on the war, focuses on helping one person for a little while. And he can't. And he makes an expression. And he gets back in the trenches. I love Batman.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily Green

    In War Games, Batman, who usually avoids any kind of help from other masked heroes, is forced to recruit Catwoman, Nightwing, and others in order to get Gotham back under control. Batman, who thought he had a plan, is shocked by the appearance of an imposter Orpheus. Every semblance of control he thought he had on the situation is gone. The third volume in the tale, Endgame features the deliciously evil Black Mask, who you can't help but hope will not make it out alive. Between him and a frantic In War Games, Batman, who usually avoids any kind of help from other masked heroes, is forced to recruit Catwoman, Nightwing, and others in order to get Gotham back under control. Batman, who thought he had a plan, is shocked by the appearance of an imposter Orpheus. Every semblance of control he thought he had on the situation is gone. The third volume in the tale, Endgame features the deliciously evil Black Mask, who you can't help but hope will not make it out alive. Between him and a frantic Batman, there is not much room for character development, but plenty of room for plot. Every good guy ends up in the line of fire. Entertaining and fast-paced, the story is ultimately not complex, but still worth the read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jbainnz

    After finishing the last volume of this arc I'm left quite satisfied. I hate nothing more than when a good story crumbles at the end with no real climax. This thankfully did not fall into that category. Although the war is not over yet! I really enjoyed reading these books. I love Bat family and this had a mix of everyone which was great. You really get a feel for each character in the story. I enjoyed seeing the police and the public lose faith, and eventually hate the Batman again. I always enj After finishing the last volume of this arc I'm left quite satisfied. I hate nothing more than when a good story crumbles at the end with no real climax. This thankfully did not fall into that category. Although the war is not over yet! I really enjoyed reading these books. I love Bat family and this had a mix of everyone which was great. You really get a feel for each character in the story. I enjoyed seeing the police and the public lose faith, and eventually hate the Batman again. I always enjoyed it when the police where after him as well. Dodging the men in blue while saving the day simultaneously. This was a great read, definitely not the best, but it still stands out as a solid Batman story arc.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    I read this Jul 2011, without Parts 1-2, and re-read it again today after having read 1-2 yesterday. A lot better with all the back story. Good because there are severe consequences for everyone, and I hate it when major storylines happen and yet, no major consequences occur. Great finish to the story arc, very strong work by all involved.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    A solid Batman outing written and illustrated by a plethora of DC staffers and folks brought in especially for this story. Each issue was written, inked, and drawn by a different person, so the variety of art is pretty broad, though the story is so cohesive you'd never know it was different authors doing the leg work. A good weekend's diversion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Does no one think to insist that Batman lock up his secret plans? This is the same goofy case that happened with the JLA. Anyway, the final volume ties up loose ends of the narrative, but isn't entirely an ending, just the end of the volume. I will say that I particularly enjoyed the Gotham riots and chaos. These are great in a setting like Gotham.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Indika De Silva

    Describing the last book of the War Games trilogy is difficult as it contains spoilers about the Spoiler... (If you would pardon the poor pun.) This book is epic. Batman and his associates fall from one peril to another. A read exciting read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Not sure if they left out some issues towards the end or if there is just some missing scenes that I think would have cleared up some things at the end and really needed to be included. The end felt a bit sudden and rushed and not tied up neatly enough. Love the art and panel set-ups.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas

    Good conclusion to a satisfying story arc. I love when the whole Batman gang is together. I like these stories that span multiple titles. It is interesting to see how the art keeps changing. This was a good series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jan Geerling

    Not impressed by the artwork of various artists. The story tried to be Epic but failed to really touch me. The only things I really liked where the team-dynamics, the return of Tim Drake and the question if Batman is really a blessing for Gotham or another danger.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly Hand Grenade

    Awesome. Could not have ended any other way and actually been satisfying. Gritty 'till the last page.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Forsyth

    Thoroughly meh. It's all been done before, better.

  24. 5 out of 5

    miaaa

    Now that the war ended, the Gotham City and the people must pick up and clean up the mess. I guess it's safe to say I'm okay with superheroes stay in their worlds lol

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dean Olson

    I gave this an extra star just for the fate of Stephanie Brown.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sookie

    Interesting ending, messy art work and half volume of convoluted dialogues.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jedhua

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

  28. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    read in single issues

  29. 5 out of 5

    Timo

    Mighty fun.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Oli Turner

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