Writer Brian Azzarello
Art and Cover Lee Bermejo
Variant Cover Jim Lee & Alex Sinclair
Letterer Jared K. Fletcher
Design Steve Cook
Editorial Consultant Will Dennis
Assistant Editor Maggie Howell
Editor Mark Doyle
Batman was in serious trouble, after being mortally wounded by an undisclosed event. Batman escapes the ambulance his in by beating up the EMTs trying to save him. Having visions during his escape and passing out in an alley. When he comes to, he’s in a run-down apartment filled with the cigarette smoke of John Constantine with his wounds healed all the way, no scaring at all. Constantine explains to Bruce that the underworld is in complete chaos, and its because of the death of the Joker. Revealing to us that Joker is who he was fighting when wounded, with Batman swearing he didn’t kill the clown prince.
Constantine needs help, and with only lead to go by, John is forced to take Batman to a nightclub to talk to his guy. Turns out, our favorite rapping demon got a record deal and is now doing shows. J Blood is on the stage, better buckle in. He sees Bruce is here, going knuckles in. Etrigan is John’s man on the inside, the question is for what. Deadman also has something to say about it, showing up in time to ruin J Blood’s plan. When that ordeal ends, Batman has to rush to an explosion. Where a bat signal with a twisted smile has appeared in the sky.
These Black Label books are just so good in my opinion, they take this sometimes overly campy world of Gotham and bring it the same level of grit I expect in a Scorcese film and in fact Gotham. The entirety of the book has this level of filth to each picture and frame handcrafted to bring a very specific tone to the book. These adult issues are delivering, and I hope we don’t have to wait for another soft cancel for the next chapter in this young and amazing series.