Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Thomas Wayne has joined forces with Bane in order to remove his son from Gotham. Having both his spirit and his body broken, Bruce is transported through the desert with both Thomas and a mysterious coffin strapped to the back of a horse.
Encountering bandits and other resistance in the journey, Bruce finally awakens to confront his father about the situation they find themselves in and the horror growing inside him. Thomas has more than one secret he’s keeping and Bruce makes a gruesome determination about what his father wants, who is in the coffin and why they are headed towards Ras Al Ghul.
The Story: Tom King has been building something beautifully complex with this series and with the current arc. This issue had some interesting moments throughout, but the overall tone made it feel like the filler story that occurs between the real action. It’s a good story, but I expected more. The relationship between Thomas and Bruce feels forced and Thomas’ motives feel strange in context to his actions. I want to see where this story goes, but this aspect of it doesn’t hold the same emotional weight as the rest of the series.
The Art: Mikel Janin always delivers quality visuals and this issue is no different. Given the setting, Janin does some impressive things with the starkness of the environment and its contrast with the characters.