Writer Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller Doug Mahnke
Inkers Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin & Doug Mahnke
Colors David Baron
Letterer Rob Leigh
Cover Mahnke & Baron
Variant Cover Paul Pope & Bruno Seelig
Bruce interrogates Freeze’s incompetent henchmen. Using Alfred as a stunt corpse to really sell the sense of danger and fear. They tell him about Victor’s plan all the way down to its location. The time to act is now. Bruce raids Freeze’s facility in a fiery red batsuit and a flamethrower. After a bit of a struggle, Victor escapes with his wife but must leave his newly acquired test subjects. Bruce emerges from the frozen lake he was left in, with that red glow Batman movies from the 90s made us familiar with.
After decades of trying and failing, fighting batman, fighting warm weather, killing people and stealing diamonds. Nora for the first time in quite some time opens her eyes. Alive again, she speaks with Victor over whats happened over the course of time. Reminding him that she wanted him to let her go. To allow her illness to run its course and kill her. Freeze assures her that this is much better, and in exchange for the years she had left, this is a small price to pay for being cured.
Payoffs make the buildup palatable. This time the whole thing is rather exquisite in my opinion. It’s not been your typical Tomasi tale in short burst but instead the end of an era for Freeze. Who had been wrapped up in the revival of his wife since his conception. The art really helps me take in these past few issues too. The crisp, icy grit that is brought out in these panels is perfect for this story and it takes some attention to detail to pull something like that off.