Batman #103

DC Comics

Written by James Tynion IV

Art by Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki and Guillem March

Colors by David Baron

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: Ghost-Maker sets out to prove that he is a better crime fighter for Gotham than Batman.

Ghost-Maker and Batman have a long history going back to the time they were teenagers traveling the world learning to fight crime. Their rivalry spills out into the street of Gotham when the mysterious vigilante decides that Bruce has not been effective in cleaning up the city. He proves this by making multiple moves across the city to expose crimes, lock up killers and stop illegal shipments from entering the city.

As he fights Batman for the life of Clownhunter, Bruce tells his old rival how he was already ahead of him on the missions he chose to take on and that his ways are not perfect, but they are effective. At the same time, Harley Quinn’s mission of redemption runs into a snag when she finds herself in the crosshairs of Clownhunter who wants her to pay for the sins of her past.

The Story: The plot is incredibly effective and engaging. James Tynion IV does an excellent job of not only showcasing Bruce’s apparent roadblocks in cleaning up the city, but also how brilliant a detective Batman truly is. I love the way Bruce is able to counter the moves by Ghost-Maker and the Harley Quinn sequence is great as well.

The Art: Pagulayan, Miki and March brings some beautiful visuals to this issue. Each artist has a signature style and those styles blend together well in this story. There are great action moments throughout and the cliffhanger makes me anxious to see what happens next.

Batman #103



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