This is yet another entertaining story arc in the world of Batman and the Bat Family and tests the loyalty of some of its members. The story revolves around a group of individuals that were indirectly effected by Batman during his fight on crime in Gotham city. They are individuals that were caught in the crossfire between Batman and his foes and blame Batman for physical and mental health problems that they endure now as a result. They call themselves the Vitim Syndicate.
Victim Sydicate members:
The First Victim- you never find out how or when he was affected by Bats
Madam Crow- Was used as a test subject by scare crow and now uses her own toxin
Mud Face- Was accidentally turned into the same creature as clayface
Mr. Noxious- A test subject of Poison Ivy
Mute- A victim of the Joker toxin
The Victim Syndicate threatens to begin killing Batman supporters unless he agrees to unmask and Batman begins to try and figure out, with no real luck, who the first victim is. The syndicate and the bat family duke it out a bit and Mr. Noxious uses his chemicals on Spoiler almost killing her. This causes much tension between Spoiler and Batman. Mostly because Spoiler was romantically involved with Tim Drake, Red Robin, and when he died in a previous issue she began to see that everyone around Batman ends up hurt or dead and she tells him so and quits the family.
We open up to a flashback of the Batfamily's HQ, the Belfry before it was all tech'd out. Bruce and Tim Drake were checking it out an making plans for the future. Tim was trying to impress on Bruce that what they were doing was really very important and that the amount of lives that they can save can be immeasurable.
The batfamily began when Batman realized that alot of crime is still going on when he is elsewhere on missions. Alot more people can be helped if he wasn't the only one fighting crime. So he recruited the people listed above and trained them.
In the final issue of this arc. Batman and the family comes up with a plan to take out each member of the Victim Syndicate and they do with little resistance. The larger foe ends up being Spoiler!
Spoiler using Tim Drakes tech takes out the entire Bat family one by one. She confronts Batman in the end and tells him that if he doesn't retire that she is going to release all the Belfry information to the entire world, which includes all their identities. She believes that their intentions are good but their methods are wrong.
The family tries to convince her that they help way more people than they hurt but Spoiler wants nothing to do with it. Spoiler ends up agreeing to not release the Belfry info but vows to always be in the way of Batman so he doesn't hurt anyone anymore.
The Big Twist!!!
Time Drake isn't Dead!!! He doesn't know where he is but he isn't on Earth. He is in a cell somewhere calling for help. He is attempting to rebuild his suit when it is revealed that Dr. Oz from watchman is the one holding him captive. and he also has Doomsday!!!