Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Guillem March
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: In the aftermath of war, a new Batman will need to emerge.
As Bruce reminisces about the role of Batman in Gotham City, he reveals to Selina what he’s learned from the Joker War; that Joker was right about a lot of things. Knowing that things will have to change as Batman, Bruce decides to visit Wayne Enterprises to speak to Lucius and runs into Fox’s new bodyguard; Grifter.
After a pretty intense sparring session with the mercenary, Bruce finds himself confronting his ally who has some harsh realities to give him about not only how Batman will be funded, but also what will happen to Bruce Wayne’s position on the board of his family’s company. With everything about him changing and a new series of changes ready to take place, Bruce will make a decision about his future as Batman. One that could cost him everyone close to him.
The Story: A new arc. A new story. A new beginning for the Dark Knight. James Tynion IV has given the character a jolt through the intensity of the Joker War and in the aftermath, there is an uncertainty. That uncertainty is what makes this story and its direction exciting. I was engaged with every page of this issue and every revelation Lucius makes about what is happening with both Batman and Bruce. Having Selina at his side is the perfect way to ground the character and usher in a new type of story for Batman. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Art: Guillem March delivers some beautifully detailed backgrounds in this issue. March immerses the reader in the city and all of the external shots look amazing. The fight with Grifter is fantastic as well. There is a visceral poetry to it that is well done.