Batman Begins

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Ballantine Books, 2005 - Fiction - 305 pages
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Based on the eagerly awaited new feature film–the exciting origins of the ultimate crime fighter!

Bruce Wayne is dead. The young heir to the Wayne empire disappeared seven years ago. His vast fortune has been given away, and the crime wave that began with the brutal murder of his parents has turned Gotham City into a living hell. The last holdouts against corruption–the cops who can’t be bought, the D.A.s who can’t be intimidated–are outnumbered and outgunned. They need help . . . fast.

A world away, in a dank Himalayan prison, a nameless, hardened man fights every day to survive. He has spent seven years scouring the globe, studying the criminal mind, looking for an answer to the ugly riddle of his childhood. But something has been looking for him, too. Here, in the darkest places of his own anger, Bruce Wayne will discover his destiny–and an ordinary man will become a legend.

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About the author (2005)

For more than twenty years, editor and writer Dennis O’Neil put the “dark” in the Dark Knight and was the guiding force behind the Batman mythos at DC Comics. O’Neil began his career as Stan Lee’s editorial assistant at Marvel Comics and went on to become one of the industry’s most successful and respected creators. As a freelance writer and journalist, he has produced several novels and works of nonfiction, including the national bestseller Batman: Knightfall and The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics, as well as hundreds of comic books, reviews, teleplays, and short stories. O’Neil has written for almost all of DC’s and Marvel’s major titles, including Green Lantern, Shazam!, Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Daredevil, Justice League of America, and Azrael. An expert on comics, pop culture, and folklore/mythology, O’Neil is a popular guest at conventions and on radio and television. He lives and works in New York with his wife, Marifran.

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