Batman/The Shadow: The Murder Geniuses by Scott Snyder

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Batman/The Shadow: The Murder Geniuses by Scott Snyder is further proof that Snyder is perhaps the best Batman storyteller of our generation. Not only does he bring us The Batman, but in this series he brings to life the iconic character of comic and radio; The Shadow.

In the course of investigating a murder in Gotham, the Batman identifies the killer as Lamont Cranston. The problem with this is that Cranston is actually the master detective known as the Shadow. An even larger problem to this is that the Shadow died over half a century ago.

While investigating the murder of a Gothamite, Batman identifies his prime suspect as Lamont Cranston… but there are two problems with that. One, Batman is not aware Lamont’s alter ego is the master detective known as the Shadow. Two, and more importantly, Cranston seems to have died over half a century ago!

What follows is a tale of two heroes and two master villains as the Joker joins forces to help kill the spirit of the Shadow and Batman as well. Like Snyder’s Batman run, this is an intricately woven tale of good and evil and the grey areas that tie the two together. The Batman is tested on his oath to not kill by not only the Joker but by the Shadow himself, who sees killing as the only option of ridding the world of the evil they battle.

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The clash between the two heroes is what makes this series work. Cranston and Wayne. The Shadow and the Batman. Another fun and smart tale by Scott Snyder and company.

Collects BATMAN/THE SHADOW #1-6 and stories from BATMAN ANNUAL #1.

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