BATMAN: THE CHALICE HC (originally $24.95, 96 pg.)

   Written by Chuck Dixon with art and cover by John Van Fleet, a simple bowl that may or may not be civilization's greatest prize finds its way into the hands of the Dark Knight. We learn that Bruce Wayne has an ancestral responsibility for keeping the Holy Grail and that the cup is genuine when Batman demonstrates its "supernatural" powers to heal his wound. From there, the story is set up as an epic struggle between Batman and all the forces aligned against him, including the full rogue gallery of Ra's al Ghul, Catwoman, the Penguin, and  dozens of enigmatic mercenaries comes looking to take possession of the ancient, seemingly unremarkable drinking bowl. Strong on the graphics and art, weak on story but for those that love Arthur and the Batman, a must.

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