Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Carlo Pagulayan and Carlos D’Anda
Inks by Danny Miki
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Batman’s newest rival Ghost-Maker makes his first move to take Gotham for himself.
A new player has entered Gotham with his own idea of how the city should be protected and he will take lethal action to enact his vision. His first target is Clownhunter.
Batman takes to the streets with Clownhunter on his mind as well and with Oracle in his ear. After finding a stronghold where faithful henchmen of the Joker hang out in between the clown’s crimes, Batman moves in. What he finds changes everything about this particular mission and he tells Barbara to cut all communication as he tracks down Clownhunter’s next potential victim, Harley Quinn.
As Ghost-Maker prepares to make his move on the young vigilante, Batman moves in to stop the lethal vigilante with whom he has a shared past.
The Story: James Tynion IV introduces a new character with an interesting connection to Bruce Wayne and his mission. The character is interesting and the short flashback has some great moments that flesh out the rivalry between the two without taking away from the bigger story. I like the pace and tone of this issue and how it incorporates the collateral damage Joker has caused as well. A really good story that looks like it is building to some interesting and engaging drama for the character.
The Art: Carlo Pagulaya and Carlos D’Anda deliver some impressive imagery in this issue as well. Every page is beautifully detailed and I really enjoyed the visual energy of the flashback scenes.