Written by Tom King
Art by John Romita Jr and Mitch Gerads
Inks by Klaus Janson and Mitch Gerads
Colors by Tomeu Morey and Mitch Gerads
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Batman has returned to Gotham and he will confront Bane with the one weapon the villain never considered in the Dark Knight’s arsenal.
Thomas Wayne confronts his grandson with the barrel of a pistol pointed at his head. His hesitation to kill a member of his family is all the Boy Wonder needs to disarm him and show him what real family means when Thomas finds himself surrounded by the rest of the Bat-Family.
Batman and Catwoman have fought their way to the gates of Arkham to make their stand against Bane. As they fight their way through the facility, Bruce reveals to Selina the truth about his defeat at the hands of Bane and the steps he took to ensure that both he and the family would be safe as he worked his way back. With everything out in the open, Batma and Catwoman make their way deeper into the facility and one step closer to Bane.
The Story: Tom King crafts a clever and engrossing story in this issue. The plot is great and the pace of the story unfolds in a way that is both exciting and revelatory. There are a lot of moving parts to this issue and King does an excellent job of laying them out for the reader in ways that are entertaining and engaging. There is a reveal in this issue that is brilliantly executed and should be experienced.
The Art: John Romita Jr and Mitch Gerads create some beautiful art in this issue. Romita Jr’s gritty style is perfect for this heavily action oriented issue and Mitch Gerads follow up story with Bullock is a brilliant tie in to the Justice/Doom War.