Batman: Rules of Engagement

Batman Confidential #1

Cover Date: February 2007
Subtitle: Rules of Engagement part one
Writer(s): Andy Diggle
Artists(s): Whilce Portacio, Richard Friend
Storyline: Batman heard a scream and entered a nearby apartment. He found a mother dead in the floor; her daughter still alive in her bed. The killer was still on the scene and opened fire. Batman saved the little girl and captured the killer. On a nearby rooftop, he questioned the man - normal burglars didn't carry Uzis. A laser sight shown on him and he exploded. Batman figured it was an energy weapon possibly meant for himself.
The next morning, Alfred brought breakfast down to the cave. Bruce was playing with the gun that killed his parents. He wanted to become something more than reactionary. Later in the morning, Bruce visited with Lucius Fox. He asked the man "hypothetically" about energy weapons.
WayneTech had a bid in on a government contract. LexCorp had the other bid. After a proposal meeting, Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne met for the first time. Wayne saved Luthor from what appeared to be one of his robots.


Batman Confidential #2

Cover Date: March 2007
Subtitle: Rules of Engagement part two
Writer(s): Andy Diggle
Artists(s): Whilce Portacio, Richard Friend
Storyline: Bruce got into the car with Alfred and they sped away. Batman was on the scene shortly thereafter. Luthor escaped into the sewer, and the robot used jet thrusters to fly away. Batman had no weapons that could combat the monstrosity and quickly realized it had been after Luthor.
Wayne and Fox met with Captain Gordon at their facility. The robot's pilot had been killed after it rampaged. Fox believed the pilot was dead before the attack. That night, Batman checked the man's body to see if he could find anything the coroner missed. He believed the attack was connected to the energy weapon he witnessed a week previous. Bruce found a LexCorp device in the man's heart - it had been designed to fix ailments, but if applied to a healthy heart, could kill.
Batman tracked the OGRE robot and disabled it. He took it's memory cortex in hopes of getting answers in what appeared to be industrial sabotage.


Batman Confidential #3

Cover Date: April 2007
Subtitle: Rules of Engagement part
Writer(s): Andy Diggle
Artists(s): Whilce Portacio, Richard Friend
Storyline: Batman infiltrated LexCorp Tower. Inside, he found that Luthor had been blackmailing the dead OGRE pilot.
Luthor learned the decision on who won the bid had been delayed until after an inquiry was held on the OGRE attack. Luthor also learned of the break in by Batman. Senator Crabtree, the man who held the deciding vote, was arrested for the murder of the girl Batman found dead. He was the father of her baby. LexCorp was awarded the bid; Bruce took a WayneTech prototype plane for his own use.
Batman talked to Gordon. He was public enemy number one after being seen at the murder scene. Batman told Gordon that Luthor was behind the whole thing. The woman had been artificially incriminated with the baby using Crabtree's DNA. Luthor had been planning the entire setup for years.


Batman Confidential #4

Cover Date: May 2007
Subtitle: Rules of Engagement part four
Writer(s): Andy Diggle
Artists(s): Whilce Portacio, Richard Friend
Storyline: Luthor showed off his army of robots and learned that they'd tracked the whereabouts of Batman's new plane. They used a robot bat to attach to it. Once Batman landed it, they had their bat fire the plane's missiles. Luthor took over the voice controls of his robots and ordered the General off his land.
Batman was able to get back into the plane and set it to manual. He located their infiltrator and Alfred stomped it before it could take over the car.
Luthor used his GI Robots to take over all military installations in the country. He then broadcast that he'd imposed Martial Law on the country - he was going to rid them of aliens, superhumans, and freaks.


Batman Confidential #5

Cover Date: June 2007
Subtitle: Rules of Engagement part five
Writer(s): Andy Diggle
Artists(s): Whilce Portacio, Richard Friend
Storyline: As the Army took heavy casualties trying to stop Luthor's madness, Batman got into "Area One" and began taking over his robots.


Batman Confidential #6

Cover Date: August 2007
Subtitle: Rules of Engagement part six
Writer(s): Andy Diggle
Artists(s): Whilce Portacio, Richard Friend
Storyline: Using one of the robots as cover, Batman got into Luthor's control center. He used an override on the machines, took complete control, and ordered them to self destruct. Batman stood face-to-face with Luthor. "Luthor" exploded - he had been a robot based on the Wayne design.
The real Luthor had been at a hair treatment facility in the Swiss Alps. Batman met Gordon, who told him he was suing the US Army for defamation of character. Crabtree had been acquitted of all charges.
Bruce Wayne hosted an event to declare that Wayne Enterprises had withdrawn from the defense sector. All enterprises would be for saving lives, not taking them. He also announced the formation of the Wayne Foundation. The former Senator Crabree would be chairman (he'd adopted the baby).


notes

  • "It's been over a year since I put on this mask." (Bruce to Alfred, issue 1)
  • Lex Luthor (already bald) and Bruce Wayne met for the first time.
  • James Gordon holds rank of GCPD Captain per issue 2.
  • Issue 2 shows Batman in a customized car.
  • Batman gains a plane as a new weapon in his crusade.
  • Issue 3 shows Gordon using the Batsignal.
  • Return to continuity section 1.