Issue by Issue – Hex #11

Writer – Michael Fleisher
Artist – Mark Texeira
Inker – Carlos Garzón, Pablo Marcos
Colours – Bob LeRose
Letters – Augustin Mas

As one can guess by the cover, Batman does indeed appear in this issue, though it is not the Batman that most are accustomed to. When it begins, once again written by Michael Fleisher and drawn by Mark Texeira, Hex is simply riding his bike when he finds himself under attack. Thankfully aid arrives and once the perpetrators are beaten back, Hex is given some information on the missing Stiletta in the form of bloody clothes and some photographs which incriminate a person dressed as a bat, whipping Stiletta to death. Hex is furious, enraged beyond perhaps anything he has felt before and he means to exact vengeance upon the character no matter what it takes. It is at this point that Fleisher introduces the villain that Hex is to face, though readers will soon learn that Batman is not the bad guy he was made out to be and that Hex was set up. Fleisher also goes into this Batman’s origin, showing the man named Cohen discovering the true identity of the original Caped Crusader and when the bombs fell to create the world it is today, taking on the cowl and making it his own with New York City as his base of operations. It is to the Big Apple that Hex arrives, brandishing his pistols and not knowing that Batman essentially rules the city, not permitting firearms of any sort within its limits which leads to the two meeting up and doing battle. While Batman battles Hex for that particular reason, Hex fights as he believes Batman to be a purely abominable creature and their fight is brutal. Two other things are made known in this book by Fleisher and Texeira, the first being that the people probably responsible for framing Batman and setting Hex up are more than likely some government officials who are looking to bring the rule of the city back to themselves instead of letting it fall under the purview of a vigilante, not mention purchasing a number of terminator robots. Secondly, readers will see Borsten, still alive under the rubble of his building and getting rescued, of a sort and once again swearing vengeance upon Hex. This was a truly fun and fantastic issue packed with action, new characters and a cliff-hanger that finds Hex and Batman falling to their deaths, definitely making readers want to come back for more.

4 out of 5

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