Writer Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller Brad Walker
Inker Andrew Hennessy
Colorist Nathan Fairborn
Letter Rob Leigh
Someone in Gotham is killing swathes of bat colonies. Autopsy shows no clear cause of death but with both the amount and frequency. Batman is on the case. Becoming frustrated with his results after nearly 50 different procedures. Bruce seeks the help of Manbat’s wife. In her need to help, she takes her husbands serum.
Batman needs to keep her under control. One false move could mean the end of the scientist. So Batman throws a grapple line in her mouth and starts to ride the creature throughout Gotham’s skyline. She leads Batman to the source, crying “save them.”
After an incredibly coordinated and strategic attack. The Arkham Knight uses his highly trained crew, high tech, and personal skill to pin Batman down and be ready for the kill. Bruce covered in arrows and bleeding profusely.
Batman is in serious trouble, as he tends to be. Just before the Arkham Knight is able to strike the final blow. The GCPD arrive on the scene just in time to open fire upon this new villain and his crew. Arkham Knight surprising Bruce by using his body to block bullets that would have hit bystanders.
When the shooting stops for a moment, Jim throws Bruce into the Batmobile and send him away to get the arrows removed and his wounds treated. There Bruce makes some shocking discoveries. Meanwhile, the Arkham Knight makes preparations of his own.
I’m loving the thoughtful build up we are seeing in the Arkham Knights comic debut. It’s very clear that this is someone who knows not only who they are dealing with but how they operate. The art really lends itself to the story. Showing contrast in color while also using that to portray the Light vs Dark conflict we have here.