During his years of training, Batman has learned many valuable lessons, and in a flashback in Batman: The Detective 3, he learns the most important.
Spoilers for Batman: Detective # 3 forward!
Batman has a large army of allies at its disposal, and in Batman: Detective # 3, DC reveals the reason why Batman doesn’t work alone and it dates back to when he was training to be the Dark Knight. The issue, the third in a six-issue miniseries, is now on sale in print and digital versions.
Before becoming Batman, Bruce Wayne traveled the world, studying various combat techniques and martial arts. He also studied with some of the most notorious detectives and bounty hunters in the world, including Henri Ducard. First introduced in the 1989s Police Comics # 599 and created by Sam Hamm and Denys Cowan, Ducard trained a young Bruce Wayne in the art of “manhunt”. However, the two fell out, but met on several occasions over time. Ducard turned out to be a popular character and (sort of) made the transition to the movies – that was the Ra’s Al Ghul pseudonym used in Batman begins. Although the comic version has no affiliation with the League of Assassins, he is still a formidable hunter and he helped teach a very important lesson to a young Batman.
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While he was abroad in Europe on a case, Batman thinks back to his training with Henri Ducard, from the moment he found Ducard and convinced Ducard to train him. Bruce Wayne turns out to be a good student, learning a lot from Ducard. One lesson he tries to teach is to never work alone, and Bruce learns this lesson the hard way. In order to impress Ducard, Bruce finds an accountant with two criminal families, whom Ducard also follows. Bruce follows the accountant home, but he is ready for Bruce and manages to knock him out. When Bruce comes to his senses, he then realizes that Ducard was right: he should have gone back up. Just as the Accountant is about to kill Bruce, Ducard bursts in through the door, just in time to save Bruce and kill the Accountant, which leads him to fall out with Bruce.
Over time, Batman amassed a large number of allies: Robin, Nightwing, Oracle, Red Hood, etc. They’ve helped him throughout his crusade on crime, and each brings something to the table, something that gives them an edge and also helps Batman at the same time. In unity is strength and Batman learned this lesson, but it almost cost him his life.
that of Batman the learning was long and difficult, and he learned many valuable lessons that will help him down the line, and in Batman: Detective # 3, readers learn why he never works alone. The issue is written by Tom Taylor, with illustrations by Andy Kubert, inks by Sandra Hope, colors by Brad Anderson and letters by Clem Robins.
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