Script, Art, Covers Sean Murphey
Colors & Cover Colors Matt Hollingsworth
Letters AndWorld Design
Just after being threatened out of revealing his identity to the citizens of Gotham. Bruce begins to read the old book he had received previously. Within its pages, he learns of his family’s very old connection with the Order of St. Dumas. His ancestor, Edmund Wayne, promised that era’s holy knight Bakkar a slice of land in the grand scheme of Wayne land that was at the time being ruled by Laffy.
Bruce finds himself in the sinking destroyed Batmobile. After Azrael had assaulted the Batcave, Bruce had to make a quick escape. Lucky for him, Barbara Gordon has his back. At the cost of his identity, she was able to get the GCPD to his aid promptly after the attack, and potentially saving his life. He reveals to the department that he was targeted by the elites and that Joker is using Azrael against him because of his ancestral debt. Batman has a plan, one wildcard that he wouldn’t see coming.
I loved this issue, despite the crazy “this never happens in Gotham” type of stuff it’s rife with. We get a cohesive partnership with the GCPD and in my honest opinion, it’s something canon Bruce has needed for some time to put real change in place outside of beating up lunatics. I’ll leave the obvious out, but man that’s a partnership only INJUSTICE has ever allowed. I’m for the next issue, after this build-up, next is action.