The Boy Might Be the Best Villain in Gotham | CBR

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers from “House of Gotham: Chapter Eleven” from Detective Comics #1057, on sale now from DC Comics.

The story of the Boy and his ascension from innocent to Gotham City villain has finally caught up to the present day. In “House of Gotham: Chapter Eleven” from Detective Comics #1057 (by Matthew Rosenberg, Fernando Blanco, Jordie Bellaire, and Rob Leigh), Batman and his former Robins were on the hunt for the Joker. Little did they know that everything they were investigating was a trap laid out by the Boy.

The ensuing ambush not only caught the Bat-Family completely off guard, but separated Batman from his allies with their collective fates unknown. This single act may have effectively established the Boy as one of the most dangerous villains in Gotham.

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The plan used against the Gotham City vigilantes was simple but effective. Using the Joker as bait, the Boy lured the heroes in by leaving a trail for them to follow. What they thought was a successfully located series of clues was actually a plan to separate them in Gotham’s sewers, making them susceptible to ambush. The various villains who raised the Boy were all in on it, willingly working with the villainous mastermind to get their long awaited revenge on the Bat-Family. They managed to defeat Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin while Batman was caught in a flooded pipeline. Although the final fates of the heroes have not been revealed, the fact that the Boy was able to accomplish this is noteworthy. Even more impressive is the fact that he managed to outwit Batman himself, as the Dark Knight never suspected what was happening until it was too late.

This all demonstrates that the Boy has at least a working understanding of how Batman works. The new villain has definitely learned since their previous encounter, with him now utilizing traps and ambushes to get the better of his opponents. Although there is virtually no chance of this being the end for any of the members of the Bat-Family, it is certainly a powerful beginning for a villain who is sure to become a verifiable threat to Gotham City.

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Incredibly, the Boy was able to do this with no real formal training, indicating that his tactical skills may be on par with those of the Dark Knight. The Bat-Family also does not give much thought to him unless he is right in front of them. It is this flippant disregard for their foe that plays a big part in the downfall of the Gotham City vigilantes, with the Boy clearly willing and able to exploit their weakness.

At the same time, the Bat-Family’s inability to recognize the Boy as a serious threat could have been factored into his planning. The villain uses his anonymity as a weapon, creating a sort of camouflage that allows allows him to strike from the shadows. This, coupled with his somewhat valid grudge against Batman makes the Boy a valid threat and potentially one of the most dangerous villains in Gotham City.

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