Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Philipe Briones
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Cover: Eduardo Panisca, Julio Ferreira & Adriano Lucas
Variant Cover: Mark Brooks
Bruce took the literal and figurative trip down memory lane, driving down the mountainous roads of Gotham as he tries to recollect who the new villain Karma really is. Having a flashback to a mercenary he was exceptionally brutal with during their encounter. The next morning the rest of the Bat family is with Jefferson doing their best to explain to him that this Bruce is pushing everyone away when he needs help the most. During this time while they gather themselves, Karma strikes again, kidnapping the inhabitants of a school bus, storming Gotham’s local news station, and taking the female anchor hostage. Using the network’s emergency broadcast station and her familiar face, he sends Batman a message… Gotham’s children, or his. Then burns the anchor to death on live television!
With time of the essence, now Bruce must mobilize to save the kidnapped kids and restore the faith Gotham has in him as a hero. Knowing full well Bruce does this on his own, she runs support for Ophan’s reconnaissance ahead. Jefferson finds himself in a tough spot between his morals as a hero and his word to Batman. With time all but gone the gang shows up at the same time as Bruce for a showdown with Karma.
This issue was great! It does well to capture the culmination of planning and personal stakes for both sides and provide a better understanding of where exactly Karma is coming from. Bruce recognizing the evil he does to these people is more damaging than what he thought, feels the responsibility not only to Gotham but to his pupils. The art style has a very easy way of captivating you with its clever transitions and dramatic angles in the frame. This recent surges of a regrettable Batman have really been pushing the envelope, with readers and characters in canon asking us all one real question – is what Bruce does really even good, let alone just?