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COMIC REVIEW:
BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #5

Author: Bill Ramey
Friday, January 5, 2007

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"As Julie Madison succumbs to the seductions of the Mad Monk, only a ferociously injured Batman stands to defend Gotham from the nefarious machinations of utter evil!"

That Matt Wagner sure does know how to keep one hanging! With BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #5, one cliffhanger is resolved at the beginning and we are given yet another at the end.

When we left off in issue #4, The Batman found himself in a bit of a quandary while investigating at the Rallstone Castle. Those of you who have been reading this miniseries know that that location is the headquarters of this villainous Monk character. The Monk has obviously set up several traps to snare would-be intruders. Nevertheless, The Dark Knight always finds a way out of these sort of tight spots, and he does so again thanks to his wits and a bit of luck.

While Batman is able to escape, he does so with some significant injures -- although he chalks them up as being only “…of the flesh.”

While the cliffhanger to issue #4 is put to rest, issue #5’s purpose is to set up everything for the big finale. Anyway, here are a few highlights of BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #5:

Gordon throws away the device he uses to call The Batman and decides that he needs something “…more aboveboard. Not so convert” in calling upon The Dark Knight in the future…

The paranoia of Julie Madison’s father continues to grow -- as does his belief that The Batman is after him. As a result, he decides to do something dramatic…

And, Julie Madison -- due to her involvement with The Monk -- literally is at death’s door…

Will The Batman be able to save her? What is the paranoid and delusional Mr. Madison up to? Is The Monk and his Brotherhood actually vampires, or simply some crazy-ass cult?

As I said, issue #5 is nothing more than the set up for the big climax. Let’s hope that Wagner delivers in BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #6. I expect him and the finale to just that, as I haven’t been disappointed yet!

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