Writer Peter J. Tomasi
Artist Kyle Hotz
Colorist David Baron
Letters Rob Leigh
Cover Kyle Hotz
Variant Cover Dan Quintana
The Spectre employed Batman to help him find his host, Detective Jimmy Corrigan. Who has been kidnapped by what appears to be a group of Spectres chanting “The host must die, long live the host” and in doing so, killed Jimmy’s partner. After a brief, futile yet inevitable tussle that ensues Bruce agrees to help the Spirit of Vengeance. God’s hand of vengeance and the dark knight rise to the occasion, while Jimmy is strapped down to an altar.
Bruce is already on the case. Investigating the scene in the Batcave when The Spectre comes to see what ground has been covered. Divining into Batman’s soul to properly articulate the connection between Jimmy and the spirit of vengeance. Illustrating to Bruce that they must reunite at all costs. With nothing able to be hidden Batman reminds Spectre of his golden rule. If Bruce is to help, no killing on the case. Considering Spectre’s particular style of retribution is incredibly messy, enough to make the first crime scene almost impossible to make use of.
This team up was very cool to read. Frankly, it was too little of a good thing it feels. The dynamic these two bring to the table. Clashing between what is just and what is vengeance and what is just from a skewed divine perspective all the while contrasting it with another very skewed perspective seems like a very fun and heady way to shoehorn in some philosophy of the two characters. Despite that, I really like Hotz artwork in this book. The way he expresses drama in each panel has me captured in a manner that makes me know that we are dealing will something ominous that thing being The Spectre. The way Tomasi was able to break down Bruce’s investigative talents in a manner that makes me feel like he’s reading the code behind the matrix. I really hope to see more epic rundowns of Bruce’ detective skills in the future.