Batman: Hong Kong

Doug Moench, Author, Tony Wong, Author, Tony Wong, Illustrator . DC Comics $24.95 (128p) ISBN 978-1-4012-0057-2

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ComicsBatman: Hong KongDoug Moench and Tony Wong. DC Comics, $24.95 (128p) ISBN 1-4012-0057-5

West meets East as Batman travels from the dark streets of Gotham City to the flashy world of Hong Kong on the trail of a serial killer who uses streaming video to prove his kills. A hapless computer nerd hacks into the assassin's Web site, attempting to report the crime to Commissioner James Gordon. Although Gordon is initially dismissive, when the witness becomes the next victim, he realizes there was nothing fake about the report. When Gordon learns of a Hong Kong connection to the crime, Batman comes to the rescue, traveling abroad to put an end to the spree. Discovering the identity of the murderer and his motives plunges Batman into the middle of a gang war among crime families. The case also introduces him to Hong Kong's newest hero, The Night-Dragon, a man filled with secrets all his own, including a very personal stake in this tale's outcome. When the true mastermind is revealed, along with his plans to release a biological weapon that will devastate Hong Kong, Batman and Night-Dragon team up and tackle an army of gangbangers without police sanction to save the city. This original graphic novel is a fantastic juxtaposition of Asian and American elements that bridges the gap between comics and manga. Wong, a legendary comics artists in his native Hong Kong, displays art that explodes off the page with an electric mix of painted and hand-drawn images. Although the story is somewhat trite, it resembles a Jet Li or Jackie Chan movie, with superheroes who should appeal to a broad range of readers and interests. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/25/2003
Release date: 10/01/2003
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