Writer: Tom King
Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Folktale Artists: Mark Buckingham & Andrew Pepoy
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Daniel & Morey
Variant Cover: Francesco Mattina
Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Assoc. Editor: Brittany Holzherr
Bruce pulled out all the stops, facing every danger within and outside of reason to find who exactly is dumb enough to come into his city and shoot his family. Bartering his life against the barbaric tastes of an Apokalyptan and facing down a completely absurd amount of ninjas, nothing is stopping Bruce from finding the culprit. After weeks of mental and physical agony, Bruce finds purpose in his work when fueled by vengeance. Meanwhile, KGBeast, the man responsible for the shooting, is drinking with his father for one last time. When Beast does what’s necessary to stop from being found. It’s already too late, Batman has solved this part of the case.
Its time for justice served in the cold of the tundra, Batman is on the trail. This time, however, it’s personal. KGBeast having just shot not only Dick but his own father as a means to sever all of his connections. The showdown ensues, and during the fight, the issue is juxtaposed with an old folktale about some animals falling into a hole. Shedding some light on a subtle similarity between the two combatants, while revealing one pivotal and important difference between the two.
This issue was different for what it seemed it was going to be if I wasn’t sure this Beasts Of Burden arc was going to be important later. I would argue that the whole thing was kind of rushed. Dick taking a bullet to the head on the roof of the GCPD is a big deal, and frankly a game changer in the Gotham Status Quo. Effectively turning the place into more of a fictional warzone than a city. Think about this, is shooting Nightwing in such an iconic place with such precision and skill anything short of a political assassination? I would say no.