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Collecting the acclaimed 5-issue miniseries from writers Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and Kyle Higgins (NIGHTWING)! When a mystery as old as Gotham City itself surfaces, Batman assembles a team of his greatest detectives - including Red Robin, Owlman, I-Ching and others - to investigate this startling new enigma. As clues are discovered and the mystery deepens, Batman's team soon finds itself on a journey that explores different eras in Gotham's history and touches upon notable Gotham families including the Waynes, Kanes, and Elliotts. This miniseries spins out of recent events in the Batman titles and sets the stage for several exciting storylines in 2011. This volume also includes BATMAN ANNUAL #28 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #12.

Back Blurb

The families will fall by the Gates of Gotham

At the turn of the century, three old and prominent families shaped the construction of modern Gotham City, but now a madman with three hundred pounds of heavy-duty explosives and a century-old grudge is threatening to bring it all crashing down. Beginning with three simultaneous explosions of some of Gotham's oldest bridges, the mysterious villain is targeting the holdings and legacies of Gotham's most notable families, including the Waynes.

To uncover the truth behind the Architect and his link to Gotham's violent past, Batman unites with Robin, Red Robin and even the Hong Kong operative Black Bat. But can they put a stop to the new villain's plans before it' too late? The future of Gotham started with an explosion, and it could just end the same way....

The critically acclaimed scribe of Detective Comics Scott Snyder joins forces with hot young writer Kyle Higgins (NIGHTWING, DEATHSTROKE) and Ryan Parrott for a mystery that stretches back to the earliest days of Gotham, with art by the all-star team of Trevor McCarthy, Dustin Nguyen, Graham Nolan and Derec Donovan.

Also includes a Batman, Incorporated story by Kyle Higgins and Trevor McCarthy featuring NIGHTRUNNER, the Batman of Paris.

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