I suppose…Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Father has a decision to make.
Written by: Tom King
Pencils by: John Romita Jr.
Inks by: Klaus Janson
Colours by: Tomeu Morey
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Cover by: John Romita Jr., Klas Janson & Tomeu Morey
Variant Cover by: Francesco Mattina
Release Date: October 2, 2019
The Bat and The Cat are taking back Gotham. We finally get movement from the two, who seek to free Gotham of Bane’s rule. Not to mention getting Thomas out of the picture. After issues of build-up, we finally get some action that explodes over these pages from Romita Jr. King is starting to knock down the domino’s that he’s been putting up in this story arc.
We open up to Bats in his Matches Malone cover, confronting Professor Pyg and Two-Face. The two make a move on him, only for Bats to take them down quickly and efficiently. Back to business as usual? Hugo Strange, acting as a GCPD Luietenent, informs Thomas of their missing check-in – which ticks Thomas off that his son is back, with Gotham in his cross sights. Meanwhile, Cat is taking down the Mad-Hatter across town, as Bat has a reunion with Kiteman – Hell yeah! We see Gotham Girl wiped out, and Thomas sends her off to retire, swearing to make them pay for having her use her powers. Hush crosses paths with Bats, and the two have a standoff that ends in Aristotle and Plato’s quotes. As this unfolds, we see Arnold Wesker take Alfred’s role and informs Thomas that Bane has ordered him to put down his grandson, Damian Wayne, as punishment for Bat’s actions.
Many may complain about King’s writing style, but he’s been tight the past few issues and is making the end of his Batman run as sharp and precise as possible. While dominoes get knocked down – there is still some worry we might get let down, just like a certain wedding.
As a big fan of Romita Sr.’s work, it is no surprise how in love I am with the work we see Jr. layout in this issue. Highlights include a full-page Kite Man capture and a beautiful Hush vs. Batman showdown. Seeing Jr. draw Batman is something I thought we wouldn’t see again after Batman All-Star. It is a welcome surprise.
We’ve got five issues left with King – it’s been a long run with ups and downs – but this issue is one that leaves us with a sense of assurance Batman is in the right hands for this epic conclusion.