Story & Words Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller Brad Walker
Inker Andrew Hennessy
Colorist Nathan Fairborn
Letterer Rob Leigh
Variant Cover Mark Brooks
Damian has been captured by the Arkham Knight. What’s strange about this one is, he’s undetectable to Batman. After tracking down his last known location, both Bruce and Alfred become rather concerned. When we find Damian, he’s surrounded by some of Arkham Asylum’s finest guests, shouting for the death of the bat’s favorite bird. The Arkham Knight realizes this isn’t conducive to recruiting Robin to their cause. In a moment of clarity, she lets him leave. Robin regroups with his father and they run to find the lair he just escaped, only to find one person left – someone who knows the name of the Arkham Knight: Astrid Arkham.
Bruce and Damian have stumbled upon Astrid’s father, who is more than cooperative in telling them about his daughter. Needless to say, it’s rather extraordinary. Her parents were both psychiatrists at Arkham. Ingrid was great with the patients. She was loving, yet firm, and created relationships with the inmates as people and as well patients. Not long after they wed, the couple was expecting. Since they worked in an asylum, Dad worried greatly about his wife. And then his nightmares were finally realized…
This is a wonderful origin story for this new villain. I’m very much impressed with how Tomasi is able to turn this Jason Todd spinoff and make her into her own very genuine and significant character – someone I would call Batman’s true negative, and a proper new nemesis. Brad Walker’s artwork in all of this is fantastic as well. Something about the way he’s been drawing this new villain steers me in a manner that wants this to be the standard model for her. Sharp, clean and formidable.