The following contains major spoilers for Batman: Fortress #1, on sale now from DC Comics.
This may not be legally approved by the government, but the Dark Knight has found itself in the midst of an unofficial Purge in Batman: Fortress #1.
Batman: Fortress #1 comes from writer Gary Whitta, artist Darick Robert, colorist Diego Rodriguez and letter writer Simon Bowlland. In this case, everything is thrown into darkness after a worldwide power outage. While some cities have fared better than others, Gotham has gone mad as criminals run rampant and cause havoc with no immediate consequences. Batman goes to see Commissioner Gordon, who tells the Dark Knight how bad the situation is. “Radios and cell phones were off, so we had no way of coordinating the response,” Gordon said. “The landlines still work, so I have at least some uniforms on the road, using pay phones to stay in touch with their local area. But the 9-1-1 system is offline, so people can’t even ask for help. And the bad guys know that.”
Gordon adds that the situation is very similar to Blumhouse Productions. Clean franchise. “It’s like that movie, where all crime is legalized for one night and the police can’t do anything about it,” he told Batman, who made no reference to that.
The Dark Knight took to the streets of Gotham and found chaos in almost every direction. After catching some low-level criminals, Batman heads to Gotham Harbor to stop Penguin from drowning someone in the water. Shortly after, he meets the Joker, who has kidnapped a number of children on a school bus. His night finally ended after he took out a few extra enemies in Crime Alley at sunrise.
Back in the Batcave, Bruce and Alfred try to determine the cause of the blackout. Alfred detects an “unidentified aerial phenomenon” hovering over the Indian Ocean which he believes “of extraterrestrial origin,” although it is unclear what species it is. Batman declared it a “battleship” and realized a blackout could be “a prelude to an attack.” Trouble ends with him donning the suit once again and declaring it’s time to strike back against a perceived new foe.
Batman: Fortress #1 features cover art by Robertson and Rodriguez and variant cover art by Doaly. This issue is on sale now from DC.
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