Written by Tom King
Art by Jorge Fornes
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Thomas Wayne confronts his son with an ultimatum and he’s not taking no for an answer.
Thomas’s life in Gotham is chronicled in this issue and we see how he appeared on the Earth where his son is Batman. Stalking his son like an unwanted shadow, Thomas allies himself with his son’s enemies, uses others to get information and delivers his own brand of lethal justice to others as he drafts a plan to spare his son the life of a vigilante.
At the same time, the tragic events that shaped this Batman and the promise he made to his son are shown as the fuel that drives him to stop his son’s path for better or worse.
The Story: Tom King brilliantly lays out a story that is both dark and illuminating at the same time. We finally get to see the other side of obsession with this issue. Thomas’ driving need to save his son from the life he chose is brought to life in a way that ties up a bunch of loose plot threads and the best aspects of the story showcase Thomas’ constant presence in his son’s life. The story is beautifully complex and breaking it down into key moments that stretch back in Thomas’ memory is a perfect choice. I love the way this story is laid out and everything works both thematically and emotionally.
The Art: Jorge Fornes delivers some beautiful art in this issue. Showing familiar moments from different angles and perspectives gives a fuller sense of those moments to readers of the series. The layout of the panels is fantastic and there are some brilliant uses of shadow and negative space that make the characters pop.