Writer Tom King
Artist and Cover Mitch Gerads
Letterer Clayton Cowles
Variant Cover Frank Miller & Alex Sinclair
Assoc. Editor Britany Holzherr
Editor Jamie S. Rich
Back from vacation readers here to hit you with some more Batman opinions that I hope spark talks among you and your comic friends. During this time we got a few issues of Bruce that we will briefly go over in the current reviews. I know, I know. You really wanted to hear about I generally am not a fan of filler, especially pseudo filler for someone else entirely. I digress, I’ve missed you guys. Glad to be back.
We are reintroduced to the very much insane Matthew, being shown to us a Bruce Wayne. Their tribulations similar to one stark difference, Batman found the killer for this one. Gordon, feeling sympathy for the boy, brings him to the cell of the man who killed Matthew’s parents. All while mentally masquerading as Bruce Wayne, he snuck a razor blade in with him. At his first opportunity exacting vengeance on the man that made him an orphan. Cut to now, and Matthew has just killed his cellmate and of course its a child around his age. The end of the comic showing Matthew screaming to his warden that he is Bruce Wayne, seemingly taunting him with his funny scars under his eyes.
Bruce wakes up in danger in familiarity, hanging upside down in Pyg’s butcher shop. Blood is strewn across the floor and Pyg taunting the bat from a blurry distance, Bruce works hard to reevaluate the situation. Trying to find his bearings while defeating Pyg and escaping his restraints. Showing us the lengths Bruce goes through every time he deals with this kind of situation, but something is off this time. No one leaves him armed, what’s Pyg’s aim here?
This was a good issue, it’s very revealing of a character we really don’t know. Okay, I know how that sounds, but hear me out. We are all painfully aware of how Bruce is because of his history. We know virtually everything, except a few very key things, without making this too long its how he processes the loss of love. The illustration does well to punctuate the drama in Bruce’s mind by remaining blurry and almost wholly disorienting.