Writer: Tom King
Artist: Matt Wagner
Colorist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Matt and Brennen Wagner
Variant Cover: Tim Sale and Brennen Wagner
By opening up to his peers in the jury, Bruce was able to convince them to vote Mr. Freeze not guilty, explaining his personal struggles with faith and establishing that the citizens of Gotham presume Batman to be god-like. He also shows us a darker side to the city’s justice system. When you bribe your way onto a jury to achieve such things, that’s not really justice either. Bruce now takes into account that he has been doing things all wrong and needs a new approach. He takes his mantle back and vows to start at square one.
Bruce has some run-ins with some less serious villains while working the Freeze case. Relieved of the cowl, Dick tags along and cracks every joke he can while holding Bruce up through his obvious depression. We’re taking a trip down memory lane with scenes of the tragedy that befell Dick when he was a Flying Grayson with flashbacks of Bruce helping him through the tough times, very similar to how Alfred once helped him. This is brought full circle with Dick now helping Bruce through this tough break up. Being dumped at the altar is hard, and not even Batman can shrug off a blow like that.
Tom King is showing his flair in his comfort zone with this issue and I’m not even remotely mad about it. Now showing us how Bruce is doing from the perspective of Dick, flashing back and forth from when he was a child with Bruce to present day. This issue is a slice of life style filler showcasing the relationship betweend an orphaned father and son, revealing to us nuanced motifs in small forms of nostalgia, how much they really know each other, and how Bruce once was there for Dick in a similar fashion. When times are rough, we could all use a friend like Nightwing and a cucumber sandwich.