"War Games: Prelude: No Help"
12 cent cover
Batman: The 12 Cent Adventure
August 4, 2004
Written by Devin Grayson
Cover by Cameron Stewart
Pencilled by Ramon Bachs
Inked by Raul Fernandez, Rodney Ramos
Colored by Steve Buccellato
Lettering by Rob Leigh
Edited by Nachie Castro, Matt Idelson
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The biggest Batman event of 2004 begins here! The explosive three-month Batman event WAR GAMES kicks off here, in a special low-priced comic! Stephanie Brown has patrolled the streets of Gotham as Spoiler, and more recently as Robin. But tonight she's flying solo, and a seemingly easy mission is about to turn deadly! Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne attends a hospital dedication where an old foe lurks with an apocalyptic new mission. Before this night is over, the face of Gotham will be changed forever, as the stage is set for a bloody gang war! Be sure to follow the story through the Batman titles this month, starting in DETECTIVE COMICS #797!

Summary of Stephness: Spoiler monitors the location of an appointment to be made, following a plan that was stolen from Batman since his dismissal from the Bat Family. During this time, a charity event takes place in Gotham City and Bruce Wayne is with his guests at the event, but then the arrival of terrorists motivates Wayne to become Batman. A few minutes later, Batman ends the terrorist attack. Throughout the time when Batman has spent defeating the terrorists, Spoiler monitors the arrivals of gang leaders to whom the names are marked on a list she has copied from the computer to the Batcave: she sees Orpheus with his bodyguard Onyx, the Penquin with Deadshot, and the family Galante. While the gang leaders are coming, she thinks to herself and what she has done before when she was with Robin, when she herself was Robin, and everything she has heard about the situation of former Robins before Tim Drake. When Scarface arrives, she receives a strange visitor: Catwoman, who wonders what happens next.

Steph ends the issue burning her War Journal, taking off her hood, and saying, "They never should have even let me in the cave, they never should have made me feel like I could do good things with my life, like I could be a hero, like I could ever actually be any kind of..."

Behind the Scenes: Grayson writes a very likable, if extremely desperate Steph, and sets up a really nice arc word for her in this crossover - "help."

Other Formats/Collected In:
Batman: War Games, Act One: Outbreak TPB
Batman: War Games Vol. 1 TPB

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