[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Scott Snyder
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
So many to talk about…..First, Alfred and Bruce going fisticuffs and then the most stinging blow is in the form of words from Bruce. Then a collapse into each other’s arms as a father holds his child. Snyder has this dynamic down perfect! As the opening scene has Bruce in a reflective mode about his “children” and we see Dick Grayson in his prime as Robin. Lots of father themes going on here between Bruce and his Robins, Alfred and Bruce, and the younger and older Jim Gordon. But the revelation at the end by the TBWL…. you have to see it to believe it. Remember when you saw Bane break Batman’s back or when you see Barbara Gordon open the door and the Joker shoots her. Yeah…. TBWL without his visor. That’ll burn into your Batman file for a while! The Grim Knight versus James Gordon. This guy is on a manhunt of revenge and bringing in Rabid Robins to injure his prey. This guy is pure evil. Black Metal energy is something to deal with and these portals that pop in these myriad of Bruce Waynes….whew! Who needs Boom Tubes when you have this stuff? But the best positive is this union between Joker and Batman. The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend? Scott Snyder has his best writing going on as there are so many layers of the onion, you have to read and reread to drink it all in. This is a coveted issue. Jock’s art….this entire series needs to be hung in an art gallery so people can simply walk through and appreciate all that Jock is bringing to the table. And Frison’s Variant Cover…..speechless!
The only negative is that this is bringing us closer to the end of this story!
I cannot say enough about Jock’s artwork bringing Scott Snyder’s work to life. This is a new injection of life into the myth of Batman. What a ride! This issue means there are only two more to go and that is sad! As a collector or a Batman fan, you have to grab this mini-series. And from seeing other items in celebration of Batman, TBWL and the Grim Knight have already shown that they are going to be around a while in the Batman realm. Grab your copy as soon as possible!