Writer Tom King
Artist & Cover Mikel Janin
Color Artist Jordie Bellaire
Letterer Clayton Cowles
Variant Cover Francesco Mattina
Assoc. Editor Brittany Holzherr
Editor Jamie S. Rich
Penguin gets news of the murder of his wife, immediately getting arrested and consulting Bane in Arkham Asylum afterward. Bane instructs Cobblepot to kill Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, for his employer’s involvement in the Freeze trial from the jury. In true Penguin fashion attempting to cover all of his bases, he sends men to Wayne Manor while simultaneously waiting for Batman to bust into the room. When the bat arrives first as he tends to do, Cobblepot instructs the shooter to kill his chopper pilot, then himself. This pained old villain has a lot to talk to Batman about.
Cobblepot is emotionally compromised, as would anyone if their wife was murdered and delivered to you. He explains to Bruce he’s a broken man and now has nothing to lose and because of this, he feels the need to tell Batman everything he knows about Bane’s operation. Word is, Bane is running the Gotham underground from his wing of Arkham. Last time Batman saw Bane face to face, the super tactical and formidable Bane was left catatonic. Something’s fishy and the world’s greatest detective aims to find out if its Arkham or the Penguin.
This was a very good issue, yes its a lead-up issue so don’t expect more than good exposition. This issue seems to plot out the course of this underlying arc we’ve been seeing unfold since issue #50, Bane is making moves. King is planning something really good for us if even we see him coming. Question is, what are we missing? One thing you can always bet on in Gotham is great noir artwork, and this issue is no exception. Bursting at the seems with the very same iconic type of crime movie stuff we know and love with Batman. The only qualm I have with this issue is it feels like everything is so fast-paced except for Bane, until now. You’ll see what I mean when you read it.