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Batman Confidential
FEb 2007 to May 2011
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Issue 13
Year
March 2008
Character
Nightwing
Role
Minor
Writer
Tony Bedard
Artist
Rags Morales
Title:
Wrath Child
Story Arc:
Wrath
After:
-
Next:
Batman Confidential 14
Summary:
This series is set during Batman's early cases so this story arc is a little out of place due to Dick's presence as Nightwing. Batman investigates a string of murders, where all the victims are policemen attending an annual law enforcement convention in Gotham. He suspects that a long-thought dead foe, The Wrath has returned after five years, and that he continues his vendetta against law enforcement and Commissioner Gordon. Batman goes to his lover, Grayle Hudson, in order to ask her about the villain's return. She is genuinely terrified. When Batman returns to the cave he is started by the 'snack' Alfred has prepared.

Bruce: Alfred, whose meal is this?
Dick from off frame: Not a big peanut butter and jelly fan, huh?

They face each other and Bruce is stony cold. Love Dic's response. See below.



So the dynamic duo are together again. It sounds from the dialogue that this is the first time these two have been together since Dick became Nightwing because Bruce comments he knows all about Dick's clashes with Deathstroke, new Nightwing persona and the Tamaranian girl. It is pleasing to see the artist has drawn Dick quite young in this. Dick was only about nineteen when he first became Nightwing. Still a teenager.

The last time Wrath was around, he tried to kill both Alfred and Jim Gordon. Bruce refused to tell Dick about it then because he felt it was best the boy didn't know. Alfred reveals to Dick the facts... that Wrath went after cops and those associated with Batman inlcuding Leslie Thompkins. Batman fought him and the killer fell to his death. No one knew his real name, why he killed police or why he resembled Batman so closely. Batman states that this new Wrath is a copycat and that he doesn't want Dick's help. He wants to handle it himself. He disguises himself as a police officer and Wrath attacks him.


     


Issue 14
Year
April 2008
Character
Nightwing
Role
Minor
Writer
Tony Bedard
Artist
Rags Morales
Title:
Wrath Child: Part 2
Story Arc:
Wrath
After:
Batman Confidential 13
Next:
Batman Confidential 15
Summary:
Batman fights Wrath and Wrath tells him to ask Jim Gordon about a specific date. He slashes Batman and is escaping until Nightwing shows up and shoots one of his hands with sticky foam. Wrath then hits Nightwing with that hand covering the young hero's face in it. Nightwing collapses, unable to breeze. Batman arrives and is forced to make a decision - save his partner or go after Wrath. There is no decision to make. He freezes the foam and smashes it off Dick's face.

The date given to Batman - June 26th - was the date Bruce's parents were murdered. Batman races off and confronts Jim but doesn't get any answers. Bruce reveals that he was ten years old (looks like it has been revised down from 12 years old) and that Jim, who was a beat cop at the time, took the time to stop and speak to him. While the original Wrath clearly knew Bruce's Batman secret, it isn't clear if this new one does.

Story ends with Wrath talking to the original Wrath's girlfriend whom he has kidnapped.
     


Issue 15
Year
May 2008
Character
Nightwing
Role
Minor
Writer
Tony Bedard
Artist
Rags Morales
Title:
Wrath Child: Part 3
Story Arc:
Wrath
After:
Batman Confidential 14
Next:
Batman Confidential 16
Summary:
Batman goes to speak to Jim. It is clear that something happened on the night Bruce's parents were killed but before Jim can explain, Wrath shows up. He and Batman begin to fight and it spills outside. Police officers there to protect Gordon begin to fire but Nightwing shows up and says, "Let the man work." Batman is startled and says, "Robin, what are you doing here?" More evidence this is the first time they worked together since Dick became Nightwing. Wrath has set this up wanting to kill Gordon who he seems to think Batman sees as a father... and Nightwing who he believes is Batman's son. We'll one out of two isn't too bad. (grin). Nightwing goes to check on Gordon and there is a massage explosion... supposedly killing them both.

Batman pursues Wrath and he begins to monologue. Turns out a young Gordon killed a cop and his wife where were thieves... right in front of their son. The son grew up and copied Batman... at first to get under Gordon's skin, but later decided he and Batman were kindred spirits.

There is an explosion and both Batman and Wrath escape. Batman goes back to Gordon's and we discover that all of this was part of a carefully orchestraed plan by Batman. He has tagged Wrath. Nightwing had pulled Gordon into the panic room before the explosion. Jim finishes the story... he didn't want to be a part of a cover-up. He'd shot the cop in self-defence but his chief wanted it swept under the carpet. When Jim refused, his superior threatened the boy who was the only witness... so Jim agreed.

Nightwing realizes Bruce knows who this new Wrath is. Bruce: "He's you, Dick. He said the wrath studied me and tried out my methods... all of them." Wrath trained his own Robin.

Meanwhile, Wrath as returned to his mentor's girlfriend and preparing her as bait to kill Batman.
       


Issue 16
Year
June 2008
Character
Nightwing (one image of Robin)
Role
Major
Writer
Tony Bedard
Artist
Rags Morales
Title:
Wrath Child: Conclusion
Story Arc:
Wrath
After:
Batman Confidential 15
Next:
-
Summary:
Nightwing and Batman track Wrath's signal only to be attacked by what Dick calls, "The Wrathmobile". Love Dick's humour and this author has captured it nicely here. Realzing the best way to find the new Wrath's weaknesses is to discover who he is, they contact Alfred in the cave. Wrath isn't in the "Wrathmobile" that is attacking them and so they must separate. Batman sends Nightwing to stop Wrath while he goes to rescue the girl. Nightwing reveals to Wrath he knows who he is... a kid whose parents were killed by police. As a matter of fact, the fifth kid Wrath kidnapped and attempted to train to be his 'Robin'. Batman reappears and they set about capturing the new Wrath. Wrath throws Nightwing at Batman but...



What an amazing moment. This is what I love - the dynamic duo. This combination has no equal. And the smirk is such a nice touch. Wrath realizes he never had this... and never will. And may I had, neither will any other combination. The story ends with Wrath in jail and Bruce, Alfred and Dick contemplating the fact that we can't help being who we are.

I enjoyed this story very much. The author had a great handle on the characters and the art worked well. This story arc is a must buy for all Dick Grayson fans.