Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Phil Jimenez and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Batman deals with the next phase of Scarecrow’s plan and Ghost-Maker deals with a new threat.
Bruce finds himself working to keep his sanity as he finds himself in the clutches of an old enemy. After discovering the Scarecrow in the Mayor’s mansion, the city is on edge. Even the police department becomes foe when Batman’s investigation into the Scarecrow finds him staring down the barrel of Renee Montoya’s gun. Harley Quinn tries to make her presence as a hero known in Gotham City, but she ends up assaulting a police officer and needing a rescue from an unlikely source.
In a separate story, the legend of the Ghost-Maker prompts the vigilante to make a dangerous trip to the island of the world’s richest, most corrupt woman. A trip that will see him face off against a rogue’s gallery of intense and strange enemies.
The Story: James Tynion IV delivers great storytelling across different characters. The Batman centric story is a dark, moody noir style detective tale that hits all the correct marks to keep me interested as a reader. The Ghost-Maker story felt fresh and interesting with elements that were engaging mostly because of the lack of knowledge of the characters. I can’t wait to see where the adventures of Ghost-Maker take him next.
The Art: Both Jimenez and Ortiz deliver beautiful visuals throughout the issue. Jimenez perfectly captures the gritty, detailed world of Gotham City and its inhabitants. Oritz delivers art filled with action and energy.