Writer Scott Snyder
Colors David Baron
Letters Sal Cipriano
Variant Cover Jenny Frison
After the destruction of his Last Laugh failsafe. Batman is scrambling trying to find a way to stop the Batman Who Laughs before he kills another Bruce Wayne. Desperate he seeks the aid of James Gordon Jr. Jim’s son and revered mass murdering psychopath went straight.
Thing is, James has been administered a Wayne Ent. special serum made specifically to treat psychopathy. And it’s working. James no longer has any real calculated thoughts upon the matter any longer. Not since he started to feel remorse.
As the three brainstorm what can be done. The Grim Batman shows up, and he’s here for Gordon. Having already prepared for the exchange with our Batman. The Grim Batman holds an airplane hostage in order to retrieve who he hunts. The Commissioner.
Batman is on his last legs as far as leads go, on top of the impending transformation. It all seems like just too much to bear. At this moment Batman has an epiphany. Perhaps if he embraces what’s happening to him he can figure out what the Batman Who Laughs next move is going to be.
Needless to say, this is a great risk. One that Alfred will not sit by and just watch. Batman forges his own visor to peer through the dark metal. Upon trying it on. Alfred rips it from his face. In horror, he realizes that the Bruce he raised, may already be gone.
I’m loving how grimdark this series is. For Batman to be darker than normal in tones related to the plot, that’s a big deal. The artwork really lends to its credibility. With Jock bringing in the great dramatic angles and bright accented contrast in this so very dark world.