Writer James Tynion IV
Artist Guillem March
Colors Tomeu Morey
Letters Clayton Cowles
Cover Tony S. Daniel & Tomeu Morey
Variant Cover Francesco Mattina
Bruce is making big moves throughout his city. With the City of Bane coming to a close Gotham has calmed down a big. Perhaps in part to Wayne Ent. big new project to renovate Gotham. Keeping everyone around employed. In any case, these kinds of actions don’t happen in Gotham without notice or opposition. Especially if there’s money involved.
Riddler and Penguin collaborate for mutual safety. Penguin killing everyone in his corner to ensure there is nothing the entity that hired the five assassins to come to take anything from him. Known as the Designer, he is feared enough for Penguin to try and convince Edward to quit crime and settle down. Having already tried and failed that, he joins Cobblepot to make a stand.
Having subdued the five most expensive assassins available. In a state of the art facility given to the GCPD by Wayne Ent. The Black Block. There he discovers one of the killers in the cells is actually a decoy. Batman deploys his new luge in pursuit of Cheshire. Only to find out he ha only barely scratched the surface to the insidious plot before him, everyone has their own part to play.
The second issue of Tynion’s new Gotham is looking like some good build-up. Sinister plots unfold as we find out the person conspiring against Bruce has prepared for everything. Slade being the Hannibal of his group even mentioning how he loves it when a plan comes together. Bruce off on a wild goose chase as the plot unfolds before us and behind the bat.
The Designer is a very interesting figure and idea. Don’t get me wrong he is very interesting. I wanna see how he stands out. We haven’t seen much, but this being has to compete with the Court of Owls, City of Bane, the Joker, etc. As far as other masterminds are concerned. It’s exciting really, but I’m skeptical. Using Penguin again as the whistleblower comes off strange when the City of Ban did exactly that. For now, I’m keeping the faith.