Writer Peter J. Tomasi
Artist Kyle Hotz
Colorist David Baron
Letters Rob Leigh
Cover Kyle Hot
Variant Cover Dan Quintana
Astrid Arkham a.k.a. the Arkham Knight, spring her debut grand plan into action. With the help of Arcane and Doctor Phosphorous, she was able to hold Bruce and Damien at by just long enough to launch another sun bomb. This time with enough intensity to blind all of Gotham. The dynamic duo acted quickly and together were able to stop Astrid and her plans to permanently blind the citizens of Gotham. After a bloody and illuminating conflict. Astrid is in custody, but the sun always rises.
Jimmy Corrigan and his partner are investigating a murder where the victim had just submitted to his fate. No struggle evident just knelt and was executed. While they are probing the crime scene, they are attacked by a mob of Spectres. They are chanting menacingly and in the struggle. Shoot Jimmy’s partner dead in the street. Now, with two murders to be solved and one being a detective. Jim Gordon is here to oversee the case and like the ebbs and flows of the tide. Batman is not far behind him to bring justice to whoever is responsible.
I like how this issue starts this build up with its story. We have a generally commonplace thing happening in Gotham to link two very unlikely allies. Probably one of my more favored tropes of comics more than most. Combine that with the elegant grit we are given in Kyle Hotz artwork. Having the Spirit of Vengeance that is The Spectre and the immovable object that is Bruce working together for a common goal. I would not be envious of the perp they are trying to find. While The Spectre need the help of the bat. The bat is gonna need the spirit to survive.