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* AbortedArc: Gotham Girl's past tense narration gave the idea that Batman "dies" in this run. We just don't know how or why, and whether it's a literal death or not. King plays with expectations regarding this quite a bit, but [[spoiler:it never came to past.]]

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Gotham Girl's past tense narration in the first arc gave the idea that Batman "dies" in this run. We just don't know how or why, and whether it's a literal death or not. King plays with expectations regarding this quite a bit, but [[spoiler:it never came to past.]]]]
** Similarly, said narration says she and Duke Thomas end up married. There isn't even an inkling of romance between the two throughout the entire run, and Duke himself barely appears past the third arc and certainly doesn't talk to Gotham Girl.



* BaitAndSwitch: In ''Batman'' #9 Batman talks with a masked prisoner in Arkham using dialogue identical to his conversation with Joker in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', the prisoner turns out to be Catwoman.

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* BaitAndSwitch: In ''Batman'' #9 #9, Batman talks with a masked prisoner in Arkham using dialogue identical to his conversation with the Joker in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', the ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. The prisoner turns out to be Catwoman.



** [[spoiler:Issue #72 sets it straight that Bane is the true villain of this run, and the one who masterminded everything.]] However, it's [[spoiler:Flashpoint Thomas Wayne who kills him, takes over Gotham and provides the final fight.]]

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** [[spoiler:Issue #72 sets it straight that Bane is the true villain of this run, and the one who masterminded everything.]] However, it's [[spoiler:Flashpoint Thomas Wayne who kills defeats him, takes over Gotham and provides the final fight.]]


** Selina somehow beats Talia al Ghul in a sword fight despite not being anywhere near as skilled with blades. [[CreatorsPet Tom King just]] ''[[CreatorsPet loves]]'' [[CreatorsPet Selina.]]

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** Selina somehow beats Talia al Ghul in a sword fight despite not being anywhere near as skilled with blades. [[CreatorsPet Tom King just]] ''[[CreatorsPet loves]]'' [[CreatorsPet Selina.]]


The twelfth arc, "City of Bane", promises [[HeroicSecondWind a return to form for Batman,]] as we explore the VillainWorld his absence has created. Its main artist is Tony S. Daniel.

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The twelfth arc, "City of Bane", promises [[HeroicSecondWind a return to form for Batman,]] Batman, as we explore the VillainWorld his absence has created. Its main artist is Tony S. Daniel.
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** Batman says that he'll have to "kick a lot of trees" to work off a corndog. This is a reference to one of his preferred methods of exercising that appears in Kigns run, that is itself a reference to "Year One".

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** Batman says that he'll have to "kick a lot of trees" to work off a corndog. This is a reference to one of his preferred methods of exercising that appears in Kigns King's run, that is itself a reference to "Year One".



** In ''Batman'' #86, the Riddler's lair is behind a video billboard with the slogan "If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?" This was the title of his introductory episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.



* RashomonStyle: The recurring "It was on a boat"/"It was on the street" argument that Batman and Catwoman have over how they first met. Bruce's account references the original telling in 1940's ''Batman'' #1, while Selina's references the version from ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''. [[RiddleForTheAges The story never clarifies which account is the correct one]].

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* RashomonStyle: The recurring "It was on a boat"/"It was on the street" argument that Batman and Catwoman have over how they first met. Bruce's account references the original telling in 1940's ''Batman'' #1, while Selina's references the version from ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''. [[RiddleForTheAges The story never eventually clarifies [[spoiler: that they both remember both events, they just disagree about which account is one "counts"; Bruce thinks of their ''very'' first meeting, before the correct one]].costumes, but to Selina, they didn't ''really'' meet until they met as the Cat and the Bat.]]


** Selina somehow beats Talia al Ghul in a sword fight despite not being anywhere near as skilled with blades.

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** Selina somehow beats Talia al Ghul in a sword fight despite not being anywhere near as skilled with blades. [[CreatorsPet Tom King just]] ''[[CreatorsPet loves]]'' [[CreatorsPet Selina.]]


* ImportantHaircut: Gotham Girl shaves off her blonde hair once she starts to lose her grasp on her sanity.


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* TraumaticHaircut: Gotham Girl shaves off her blonde hair once she starts to lose her grasp on her sanity.


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* YourDaysAreNumbered: How Gotham and Gotham Girl's powers work. The superpowers come from a finite pool. Once the powers are used up, they die.


* WhatMeasureIsAMook: In issue #26, Pamela Isley kills a bunch of anonymous hitmen for Carmine Falcone. Batman details the names and motives for each of them: one was an undercover cop, another rejoined Falcone because his mother had cancer and he needed the money, one left behind a wife and children, and so on. After the Joker kills more mooks, Batman ID's ''them'' and notes one was a high school football player, another was a single father, and yet another was an annual Santa at his church festival. [[spoiler: It's further deconstructed in issue #42, in which Ivy tells Selina about this event. She admits she doesn't really know ''why'' she did it - whether it was because she was afraid of Joker and Riddler or simply wanted to show off - and it's used as an example of how she hasn't been as in control of herself as she thought for some time now.]]

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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: The CentralTheme of ''The War of Jokes and Riddles''. In issue #26, Pamela Isley kills a bunch of anonymous hitmen for Carmine Falcone. Batman details the names and motives for each of them: one was an undercover cop, another rejoined Falcone because his mother had cancer and he needed the money, one left behind a wife and children, and so on. After the Joker kills more mooks, Batman ID's ''them'' and notes one was a high school football player, another was a single father, and yet another was an annual Santa at his church festival. [[spoiler: It's further deconstructed in issue #42, in which Ivy tells Selina about this event. She admits she doesn't really know ''why'' she did it - whether it was because she was afraid of Joker and Riddler or simply wanted to show off - and it's used as an example of how she hasn't been as in control of herself as she thought for some time now.]]]]

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* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Or rather, Kite Man never got to assure his son that he won't go to hell for swearing before he passed away.


** [[spoiler: Flashpoint Thomas Wayne [[FaceHeelTurn has become one to the original Thomas Wayne]], becoming obsessed with making Bruce stop being Batman so they can have a normal life again, and since Bruce refuses, and Thomas' judgement is so skewed due to his own traumatic experiences [[UnwittingPawn may or may not be being manipulated to do this by]] [[BiggerBad Dr. Manhattan]], he decides to force him to by teaming up with Bane to plot against him and resurrect his alternate wife and have Bruce broken down so much that he'd quit so they could be a family and rule Gotham, something his prime counterpart would never have done]].

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** [[spoiler: Flashpoint Thomas Wayne [[FaceHeelTurn has become one to the original Thomas Wayne]], becoming obsessed with making Bruce stop being Batman so they can have a normal life again, and since Bruce refuses, and Thomas' judgement is so skewed due to his own traumatic experiences [[UnwittingPawn may or may not be being manipulated to do this by]] [[BiggerBad Dr. Manhattan]], Manhattan, he decides to force him to by teaming up with Bane to plot against him and resurrect his alternate wife and have Bruce broken down so much that he'd quit so they could be a family and rule Gotham, something his prime counterpart would never have done]].


* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Flashpoint Thomas Wayne is motivated by his PapaWolf tendencies to prevent his son from experiencing the immeasurable pain that comes with being Batman. This leads him to ''murder Alfred'', thereby causing Bruce immeasurable pain.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Flashpoint Thomas Wayne is motivated by his PapaWolf tendencies to prevent his son from experiencing the immeasurable pain that comes with being Batman. This leads him to ''murder Alfred'', ''have Alfred murdered'', thereby causing Bruce immeasurable pain.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Flashpoint Thomas Wayne is motivated by his PapaWolf tendencies to prevent his son from experiencing the immeasurable pain that comes with being Batman. This leads him to ''murder Alfred'', thereby causing Bruce immeasurable pain.]]


* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Batman'' #27 brings us "The Ballad of Kite Man", which focuses on the eponymous villain's tragic origin.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Batman'' #27 brings us "The Ballad of Kite Man", which focuses on AbortedArc: Gotham Girl's past tense narration gave the eponymous villain's tragic origin. idea that Batman "dies" in this run. We just don't know how or why, and whether it's a literal death or not. King plays with expectations regarding this quite a bit, but [[spoiler:it never came to past.]]



* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Batman'' #27 brings us "The Ballad of Kite Man", which focuses on the eponymous villain's tragic origin.



* ForegoneConclusion:
** We know, based on Gotham Girl's past tense narration, that Batman "dies" in this run. We just don't know how or why, and whether it's a literal death or not. King plays with expectations regarding this quite a bit.
** [[spoiler:Alfred is killed by Bane in Issue #77. But the fact that he is alive and well in ''ComicBook/DoomsdayClock'', which is touted to take place one year after all the concurrently published titles during its release, tell us this is at the very least not permanent.]]


So far, King's run has been notable for keeping the same dark, noir tone of Snyder's run, while also bringing back a lot of the sillier villains of the Silver Age (like Calendar Man, Colonel Blimp, and Kite Man), but at the same time goes a step further than Snyder's run by removing Batman's more upbeat and quippy demeanor that came with his "rebirth" after ''ComicBook/BatmanEndgame'', and putting heavier focus on Batman's internal issues and how he deals with them. Also prominent is the presence of Saturn Girl from the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes in Arkham Asylum, with WordOfGod saying that ''Batman'' will set up the Legion's return.

It was later announced that Tom King would be leaving the series after issue 85, 15 issues earlier than planned. Afterwards, he will launch the ''Batman/Catwoman'' series alongside artist Clay Mann. James Tynion IV will be the new ''Batman'' writer.

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So far, King's run has been notable for keeping the same dark, noir tone of Snyder's run, while also bringing back a lot of the sillier villains of the Silver Age (like Calendar Man, Colonel Blimp, and Kite Man), but at the same time goes a step further than Snyder's run by removing Batman's more upbeat and quippy demeanor that came with his "rebirth" after ''ComicBook/BatmanEndgame'', and putting heavier focus on Batman's internal issues and how he deals with them. Also prominent is the presence of Saturn Girl from the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes in Arkham Asylum, with WordOfGod saying that ''Batman'' will set up the Legion's return.

It was later announced that Tom King would be leaving the series after issue 85, 15 issues earlier than planned. Afterwards, he will launch the ''Batman/Catwoman'' series alongside artist Clay Mann. James Tynion IV will be takes over as the new ''Batman'' writer.
writer starting with issue 85's epilogue.


* BackToFront: Mixed in with HowWeGotHere. #84 tells us how [[spoiler:Flashpoint Thomas Wayne became a violent PapaWolf for Bruce, how he became Batman, how he ended up in the main DC Universe, and how he got involved with Bane.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The sparring match between Bane and [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne Batman]] ends when [[CombatPragmatist the latter pulls a gun on him.]] [[spoiler:The final fight between Bane and Batman ends when Tom shows up and shoots Bane dead.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In the first issue, Batman attempts to pull off a HeroicSacrifice and asks Alfred if his parents would've been proud of the man he had become. Alfred confirms that they would have. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Flashpoint Thomas Wayne is absolutely ''not'' proud of Bruce being Batman and the final quarter of King's run has him do everything in his power to encourage Bruce to hang up the cape.]]
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The sparring match between Bane and [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne Batman]] ends when [[CombatPragmatist the latter pulls a gun on him.]] [[spoiler:The final fight between Bane and Batman ends when Tom shows up and shoots Bane dead.]]


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* PapaWolf: The reason for [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne warring against his son. In a twist of Bruce's oath to fight crime in the name of his late parents, Thomas swore to his son that he will war against anything he thinks causes Bruce pain. And after experiencing all the pain and misery of being Batman in his own universe, Thomas resolves to include Bruce's life as Batman among the things that would hurt his son, thus joining Bane as one half of the run's BigBadDuumvirate.]]


So far, King's run has been notable for keeping the same dark, noir tone of Snyder's run, while also bringing back a lot of the sillier villains of the Silver Age (like Calendar Man, Colonel Blimp, and Kite Man). Also prominent is the presence of Saturn Girl from the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes in Arkham Asylum, with WordOfGod saying that ''Batman'' will set up the Legion's return.

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So far, King's run has been notable for keeping the same dark, noir tone of Snyder's run, while also bringing back a lot of the sillier villains of the Silver Age (like Calendar Man, Colonel Blimp, and Kite Man).Man), but at the same time goes a step further than Snyder's run by removing Batman's more upbeat and quippy demeanor that came with his "rebirth" after ''ComicBook/BatmanEndgame'', and putting heavier focus on Batman's internal issues and how he deals with them. Also prominent is the presence of Saturn Girl from the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes in Arkham Asylum, with WordOfGod saying that ''Batman'' will set up the Legion's return.

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