Writer James Tynion IV
Artist Guillem March
Colors Tomeu Morey
Letters Clayton Cowles
Cover Tony S. Daniel & Tomeu Morey
Variant Cover Francesco Mattina
Cobblepot cleans his own house and batons down the hatches in preparation for the Designer’s arrival. Teaming up with the Riddler, Oswald has nothing but self-preservation in mind. Meanwhile, all of the hitmen Bruce had taken down are served up to the GCPD. Where they are quickly taken to the Black Block. A new prison developed by Wayne Ent. to end the revolving door of Arkham. Batman, coming to investigate, discovers Cheshire has been swapped for a clay body double. Slade laughing the entire time Bruce is there.
Bruce makes haste to catch the one assassin he missed. Cheshire is ready for his arrival, weaving through traffic and Batman closes in. When it seems she is about to getaway, Bruce deploys his new Batluge. Cheshire attempts to stop a gaining bat by jumping to him and attempting her signature poison tricks. Bruce however prepared for this and proceeds to run Cheshire into the grill of an eighteen-wheeler.
Selina calls her old pall Edward to get the 411 on the newest plot taking place in Gotham. Nygma patronizes her as Batman’s girlfriend. Selina isn’t having it, cutting to the chase she asks if this is the real deal. Riddler telling Catwoman about how Cobblepot has cleaned house and prepared for these happenings as authentic. Riddler reminding her of the 4 pillars of this deal. At that same moment, Selina finds the only conspirator who hasn’t shown up yet.
This story is developing into something intense. The build-up is a little slow but so very turbulent, it’s hard to really mind. The artwork really brings home how grim the situation is. The nebulous nature of the Designer is becoming more and more interesting. Not only does he seem like a mastermind. He seems to be employed by Gotham’s underbelly. I’m very interested in where his designs take us. Considering the two big reveals we get this issue, Tynion has a whole lot planned for us. I don’t think King is where Gotham’s body count is gonna relax.