“If you need to stop an asteroid,” Gail Simone once wrote, “You call Superman. If you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. If you need to end a war, you call Wonder Woman.”
But who do you call when the world is held hostage by an unbeatable video game? Batman doesn’t have a clue. But Robin’s got an idea—the heroes you need are the pro gaming stars of FaZe Clan.
For the uninitiated, if the Justice League represents the world’s most iconic superheroes, then FaZe Clan, an e-sports organization which has dominated all of the world’s most popular titles since 2010, represents some of the most iconic players in competitive video gaming. Last September’s Batman x FaZe Clan comic book crossover brought DC’s most legendary hero in touch with the modern gaming world for the first time in a very limited engagement that sold out immediately. But we couldn’t leave you hanging like that. By popular demand, this one-of-a-kind adventure is now available on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE and in comic stores everywhere.
In Batman x FaZe Clan, the hottest new virtual reality game console proves to be a trap orchestrated by the Riddler, who has designed the technology to control its users’ minds. Batman knows just who to turn to in order to fight Riddler on his digital home turf, of course—the world’s greatest computer hacker, Oracle. But while Batman may be the master of 127 different forms of martial arts, his gaming skills leave much to be desired. Even with Nightwing, Batwoman, Batwing and Robin ready to go, a game with stakes these high calls for the pros. Nobody’s more excited about this turn of events than Robin, who’s apparently a big FaZe fan. But for those less in the know than our Boy Wonder, here’s who some of the featured Batman x FaZe Clan players are, on DC’s terms.
Apex is best known for his Call of Duty skills, and a love of boxing and mixed martial arts. As one of the more secretive members of the team, Apex knows all about a hero’s need to keep their public persona separate from their private life. With his metaphorical cowl up (or, well, beard on) and secret identity always close to his chest, Apex is the Batman of FaZe Clan.
Banks may seem like he’s about the money, but you can call him “Banks” for his incredibly impressive bank shots. Banks rose to prominence off his compilation of complex and intricate feats in first person shooting games and today continues to build FaZe by recruiting new talent of his own. Think of him as FaZe’s own Green Arrow.
It hasn’t been an easy journey for Rain—and that’s something he’s always been up front about. Though he’s always mixed it up with the best of them, Rain’s struggle with personal demons is one which has put the whole gaming world’s eyes on him, even as he spent seven months in physical recovery in his return to the top. Through his sheer force of will in overcoming all odds, Rain has proven himself worthy of the Green Lantern Corps.
Don’t think “rage” when you think about “Temperrr”—think, instead, about tempered steel. When Temperrr joined FaZe Clan, it was a small group with a following still in the triple digits. But through ceaseless dedication, Temperrr helped build FaZe Clan into the juggernaut of the gaming world it is today. This Man of Steel could only be FaZe Clan’s Superman.
Gaming can get pretty intense when you’re always fighting to stay on top. So, to keep the spirits high, the team together, and the fans on your side, every team needs a joker to lighten the mood. (No, not that Joker.) Always ready with a new idea for an internet-breaking prank sure to launch them to the next level of stardom, Rug is a kindred spirit to Booster Gold.
One of FaZe Clans more colorful personalities, Blaze is part of the crew Batman calls in to support the core members of FaZe in their darkest hour. Blaze is a man of the people, connecting to fans through his love of more casual gaming interests, like the Pokemon series, and maintains a promising secondary career as a solo rap artist. As a torchbearer for the team and a master of two worlds—and also, uh, because his name is Blaze—we’re gonna say he’s…Firestorm? Yeah, that’s right.
Another member of the FaZe support team, Adapt is one of the youngest members of the team, but with his many talents and constant output, this man of the Clan is always about the hustle. Adapt never slows down for a moment, which is why we’re calling him the Flash.
That isn’t all the FaZe you’ll find in this boundary-breaking crossover. Easter eggs for long time FaZe followers abound through the story, all grounded against a Gotham backdrop which stays true to the Dark Knight and their greatest allies. When the heroes of Gotham team up with the heroes of gaming, you’re left with results that fans of FaZe Clan and Batman alike are sure to like, comment and subscribe.
Batman x FaZe Clan #1 by Josh Trujillo, Scot Eaton and Norm Rapmund is now available in print and on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE.