Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin and Jorge Fornes
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Batman’s one man war to expose Bane is about to have some unexpected consequences.
It’s got to be strange for Jim Gordon to continually have to justify to himself and the city that he has confidence in a vigilante like Batman. It doesn’t help when the Dark Knight is hunting down every recently released inmate from Arkham in order to beat information out of them. At the same time, Alfred finds himself taking care of Penguin in the cave and the two of them have an interesting back and forth about the meaning of a poem that has meaning to him.
Batman’s fight brings him face to face with Maxi Zeus, Firefly and others. The problem is that they all give him the same information and tell him the same story. Gordon’s frustration with Batman’s actions leads him to make a decision. In the cave, Penguin realizes that it isn’t Bane he has to fear and Batman arrives just in time to be surprised by the most unexpected person he could imagine in the cave.
I never would have predicted that this issue would end on the note that it does. As interesting as the Bane build up has been throughout these issues, the reveal at the end of this issue changes everything and King has done an amazing job of throwing in something completely unexpected. I can’t wait to see how this plays out and how the story got to that moment.
The art is great in this issue, but I felt that the styles of Janin and Fornes clashed a little in their transitions. It almost felt as if there would have been more harmony, in my opinion, if Janin drew the Batman moments and Fornes took the character moments like Alfred and Gordon.