Batman the Imposter #1
Written by Mattson Tomlin
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
The Rundown: Batman must deal with his trauma while also hunting a deranged imposter.
In the middle of the night, Leslie Thompkins is awakened by a crash only to find a barely alive Batman at her home. After nursing him back to health, she demands that he talks to her or she will turn him in. After recounting how he ended up at her home, she gives him an ultimatum about his behavior and what will happen if he doesn’t comply.
Across town, the GCPD continues their investigation into Batman and Detective Wong finds herself dealing with one of the elites in the city who wants to know what the police are doing about Batman and his apparent destruction of some of their business interests. When a man dressed as Batman murders three criminals on camera, the city and the police increase their pressure to find the vigilante as Batman himself begins hunting the imposter.
The Story: Tomlin crafts an interesting and gritty noir drama about a Batman at the beginning of his career. The story has some interesting twists and turns and a realistic take on the character and the people around him. The story is compelling and nowhere is that more noticeable than in the moments between Brue and Leslie. That dynamic is very interesting and the moments with Detective Wong are equally engaging in their own way.
The Art: Sorrentino delivers some great art throughout the issue. The art captures the dark, gritty mood of the story and the style is perfect for this type of plot. There are great details in the panels and the action is visually thrilling.