Writer Brian Hill
Pencils Miguel Medonca
Inks Diana Egea
Colors Adriano Lucas
Letters Sal Ciprano
Cover Eddy Barrows Eber Ferreira & Adriano Lucas
Variant Cover Mark Brooks
Tragedy struck as The Signal Duke Thomas was blown up in a failed hostage rescue. Before the bomb detonated being haunted by one ominous phrase,”I’m sorry, but you make him weaker.” Upon his return to the Batcave, Alfred finds a data drive inside one of Duke’s wounds. Bruce instructs Alfred to scan it for viruses while he goes to recruit Jefferson Pearce aka Black Lightning to train the Batfamily. Once returned to Gotham, Alfred informs Bruce that the data drive has no viruses but an audio clip. The voice on the drive explains to Batman that his family makes him weak and that he is Batman’s karma coming to save him.
The Mysterious masked villain reveals himself as he confronts Cassandra Cain with the same ominous phrase heard by the signal. This time, he’s here to send a deeper message. That their removal means true justice, and right now Cass is in trouble. As Black Lightning and Batman rush to the scene, we’re left wondering if its the very need to protect his family that is why he’s weaker with them in tow. As this mysterious villain begins to work his way toward his goal, we are left questioning who this masked lunatic really is and if he can be stopped.
The art style in this run is great with Miguel Mendonca’s penciling having the same great taste it’s had since rebirth. Helping the panels flow really well together and generally lending to its effortless readability. The writing in this issue was spot on, with the transitions from action to exposition flowing naturally and not to abrupt or long. I’m excited to see what more Brian Hill is going to do with this series and incorporation of Black Lightning.