For as much as we love them, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are pretty fearsome creatures. Giant, mutated reptiles wielding weapons who are also master martial artists? Let’s just say if most of us ran into one of them in a dark alley, our first instinct would be to run.
When you’re a super hero with as many connections as Batman, you’re bound to end up working with partners pretty regularly. It’s the curse of popularity in the super heroic world. Of course, when you’re a guy who is as traditionally...well, let’s just say difficult to get along with as Batman, some of those team-ups are going to be a little more challenging than others.
Let’s take a look at some of the Dark Knight’s most challenging forays into the world of partnering.
Batman’s rogues gallery is full of villains who exemplify the “opposite” of Bruce Wayne—it’s kind of a running theme in Gotham, if we’re being completely honest. There’s the Joker’s chaos to Batman’s order, Scarecrow’s fear to Batman’s courage, Riddler’s mania to Batman’s intellect...You know how it goes. Gotham is a city full of funhouse mirrors. But there’s one particular rogue in the lineup who doesn’t just have the monstrous version of one or two of the Dark Knight’s best qualities—he’s got all of them.
Look, who doesn’t like a good rematch? And we got an absolutely great one this week in BATMAN #13, the final issue in Tom King and Mikel Janín’s taut “I Am Suicide” storyline. For the past two months, Batman and his own personal Suicide Squad have infiltrated Santa Prisca, the island prison that’s home to Bane—the brilliant, powerful bruiser who is one of the only villains to ever defeat Batman in hand to hand combat.
Amanda Waller has an explosive way of keeping her team of super-villains in line. Or did she forget to mention that to Batman? Either way, he learned the danger of forming his own Suicide Squad in this week’s BATMAN #11!