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DC Reinvents a Corny Villain’s Powers as a Powerful Street Drug

A preview for Arkham City: The Order of the World #2 returns a ’50s Batman villain to comics in a disturbing manner with a twist on their powers.

The six-issue series Arkham City: The Order of the World has reintroduced a classic Batman villain from the Silver Age with a deadly new interpretation of his powers.

Double X makes an appearance in Issue #2 of the series, locked in the basement of a drug house. Instead of serving up illicit substances, the owners of the house have decided to peddle Double X’s unique powers, which can deliver “a high like you’ve never felt before.” Despite Double X’s whines and protests, an unwitting visitor takes the hand of the escaped Arkhamite and experiences an out-of-body rush that nearly explodes off the page.

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Double X — or Doctor Double X, as he was formally called — made his debut in 1958’s “The Amazing Dr. Double X,” published in Detective Comics #261. Originally a scientist known as Dr. Simon Ecks, Double X discovered a way to control the energy auras surrounding human bodies. He amplified his aura, essentially creating a duplicate of himself to aid in a crime spree. His doppelganger crossed paths with Batman and Robin, and the resulting strain on Double X’s mind was too much to take. Falling deep into insanity, Double X would eventually escape Arkham Asylum and use his duplicate to battle both Batman and Superman in the pages of 1982’s “Double X Means Double Death,” published in World’s Finest #276.

A re-envisioned version of the good doctor was last sighted in the pages of DC’s 2014 Batman: Eternal series. In that series, Ecks was an Arkham physician who could project a powerful Tulpa from his consciousness. In Issue #24, Batman dispatched the Tulpa using a Batarang made of Nth Metal, one of the DC Universe’s unique alien substances.

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Double X is not the only Batman villain to receive a grim interpretation in Arkham City: The Order of the World. Otis Flannegan — also known as Ratcatcher — showcased cannibalistic tendencies in Issue #1, emulating the nature of real-life rats who sometimes eat each other under extreme stress.

Arkham City: The Order of the World follows the events of A-Day, a gas attack that killed multiple Arkham Asylum inmates, including Bane. Multiple members of Gotham’s most notorious home for the criminally insane escaped into the city in the ensuing chaos, and the series focuses on the Aslyum’s last doctor, Jocasta Joy, as she rounds up her patients. The avenging angel Azrael, who filled in for Bruce Wayne during the “Knightfall” event of the ’90s, has also made an appearance hunting down escapees.


  • Written by DAN WATTERS
  • Art by DANI
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 2 of 6
  • Variant by YASMINE PUTRI
  • $4.99 US (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • Dr. Jacosta Joy, Arkham’s last living psychiatrist, continues her descent into the Ten-Eyed Man’s world of delusion. But are his claims of ghosts and ritual purely figments of his imagination, or is there a method to his madness? Meanwhile, Dr. Double X, a man with the ability to project his soul outside of his own body, has been taken prisoner by a very friendly couple who have discovered that his powers of astral projection can be used on others…and they are addictive. But when Azrael appears in this den of sin, will anyone be safe from his cleansing fire?
  • Join us on our second trip into the darkest corners of Gotham City and bear witness to the foul creatures, Arkhamite and Gothamite alike, that call them home.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #2 is written by Dan Watters and illustrated by Dani, with cover art by Sam Wolfe Connelly and a variant cover made by Yasmine Putri. The issue goes on sale Nov. 2 from DC Comics.

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Source: DC Comics

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