This paperback collects the Batman: War Drums storyline, a prelude to the Batman: War Games storyline. This storyline was originally published in the comic book series Detective Comics and Robin, from March to September, 2004. The storyline was written by A.J. Lieberman, Andersen Gabrych, and Bill Willingham. The illustrations are by Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, Pete Woods, and Damion Scott.
In this story a talented pop star goes missing and Leslie Thompkins, the most important woman in Bruce Wayne's life, vanishes. Batman is drawn into an all-out battle for the section of Gotham City known as The Hill, but is taxed to the limit by new threats and trouble within his circle of allies. And when Tim Drake gives up his Robin identity after his father discovers his secret, Batman gets an unexpected and unwelcome replacement in the form of Spoiler.
This paperback collects stories from the following comic books:
- Detective Comics #790 (Scarification)
- Detective Comics #791 (The Surrogate, Part One: Lost and Found)
- Detective Comics #792 (The Surrogate, Part Two: The Blinding)
- Detective Comics #793 (The Surrogate, Part Three: Deliverance)
- Detective Comics #794 (Monsters of Rot, Part One: Cleansing Fires)
- Detective Comics #795 (Monsters of Rot, Part Two: Knee Deep)
- Detective Comics #796 (...And Red All Over)
- Robin (Volume 2) #126 (A Life More Ordinary)
- Robin (Volume 2) #127 (Girl Wonder)
- Robin (Volume 2) #128 (Fired!)