Story & Words Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller Doug Mahnke
Inker Jaime Mendoza
Colorist David Baron
Letterer Rob Leigh
Cover Guillem March & Arif Prianto
Variant Cover Ryan Sook
Bruce and his new WWII vet friends worked together to take down Deadshot, who had been hired to take Wayne Enterprises executives hostage. A price on each of their heads. Meanwhile, in Gotham, Mr. Freeze has been plotting for the past three issues. Deep in the Pine Barrens, he changes his wife’s containment and gives dockets to what appear to be mercenaries on his wife.
Freeze’s men spread to complete their mission from Victor’s plans. Each squad employed with the kidnapping of someone with the same physiological traits as his wife. (F)lex Luthor had given him a serum to cure his wife. Fries, being the scientist he is, has to test it before risking his entire world on the word of a Luthor. This isn’t as easy as just sending out some mercenaries and getting subjects. Mr. Freeze’s instruction was strict and when complications arise, one group of mercenaries doesn’t get their target.
I like the setup and execution of this very much. With the three past issues of this publication having a small addition to this payoff, I’m excited to see where this story takes us. Freeze has been on the back burner for some time. Seeing Flex Luthor take notice of him and even extend a hand for “help” is very much suspect. In which case I suspect that Bruce is going after Flex soon after he finds out his connection to this. Year of the Villain is turning out rather good.