Batman Gargoyle of Gotham #1
Written by Rafael Grampa
Art by Rafael Grampa
Colors by Matheus Lopes
Letters by John Workman
The Rundown: A nascent Dark Knight faces a new and unpredictable villain.
Batman continues his mission to clean up a deteriorating Gotham of its criminal element. Unfortunately, there is a new criminal operating within the city. As Bruce hunts for this new villain, Gordon investigates a serial killer that might be related to Batman’s case.
As Gordon’s investigation leads to Arkham and an unusual connection to one of the city’s most powerful families, Batman’s unsuccessful run-ins with his new foe could lead to a deadly revelation.
The Story: Grampa crafts an engaging and compelling story in this first issue. This is an interesting take on the character and having one of the conflicts be Alfred fighting with Bruce to not kill off his alter ego is a great touch of drama that I want to see explored more. The villain is interesting as well and I like the mystery behind him because I want him to be someone new and exciting. The plot has a lot of exciting moments and I love the reveal at the end of the issue.
The Art: Grampa delivers some beautifully gritty and visually engaging art throughout the issue. I love the visual style and how it works perfectly with Gotham and the story being told within it.