Riddler is dead, shot in the neck with a venomous dart. But before succumbing to his richly-deserved fate, he was able to croak out a few words about a pact being broken. It’s here that Batman: The Enemy Within
’s overarching story kicks into full gear. While Batman and Waller are busy sizing each other up, a mysterious series of heists go off across the mainland. Batman goes to investigate, and runs face to face with perhaps the most unevenly-portrayed supervillain in the history of the series. The encounter goes poorly, and Batman is essentially out of commission for the rest of the episode.
What? I said Batman was out of commission. I never said anything about Bruce Wayne. It’s here where the most fascinating developments start to bubble to the surface. Telltale’s revision of the Wayne family legacy is starting to pay off; Thomas Wayne’s criminal history makes Bruce himself an ideal sleeper agent. Given his weird-but-friendly relationship with the clearly-insane "John Doe" (himself a member of this mysterious syndicate), he’s got an in. But first, he must prove himself to the crew – most notably the top dog, who’s none other than… Harley Quinn.
John Doe and Harleen Quinzel’s relationship in Batman: The Enemy Within sums up exactly how brave Telltale is being with their version of canon. Here, John is plagued by crippling insecurity, while Harley is already a full-blown psychopath, a disgustingly-entitled, mindless monster who causes carnage for no other reason than the fact that it gets her off. A key moment in Episode 2 – The Pact has me questioning both her authority and her intelligence, but it might just be a rare case of bad writing.