Of all of the Forever Evil tie-ins, Arkham War was the one I was most looking forward to. Batman’s villains fighting amongst each other for control of Gotham City? Sign me the hell up. Written by Batman & Robin scribe Peter J. Tomasi, my expectations were extremely high for the first part of this six-issue miniseries, and I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed at all.
Spinning directly out of the events of Forever Evil (and the Scarecrow and Bane Villains Month issues), Arkham War finds the denizens of Arkham Asylum running amok in Gotham City. With Batman believed dead and the members of the Secret Society in charge, various inmates like Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and Killer Croc have carved up sections of the city as their turf. This surprising show of fair play amongst the villains was the idea of the Penguin, who declares himself mayor. This opening issue finds Scarecrow meeting with different villains in an attempt to get them to combine forces against Bane, who Scarecrow believes is planning to take the city by force. Read the rest of this entry