Story & Words Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils Brad Walker
Inks Andrew Hennesey
Colorist Brad Anderson
Letterer Rob Leigh
Cover Walker, Hennesey, & Nathan Fairbairn
Finding himself at odds with a Viking warrior, Bruce out of cowl has to think on his feet to survive the encounter and maintain his identity. Thinking quickly, he subdues the threat with an exposed electrical wire in the area. Writing off the feat of skill with his surviving assassination attempts. Back to the manor to hit the books and see what can be found.
Turns out this Viking isn’t alone and that he plans to make a sacrifice to bring unto the world what his pagan god wills. In this case, that means sacrificing his roommate. Tearing at his mouth while batman struggles to reach him. Just then, a portal opens. The eldritch being that comes from within tells Bruce he knows not of Norse gods. That his kind uses these names as buzzwords for the weak-minded. Summoning them into our world to feast on the even weaker follows. The being casts Bruce to the side as it eats the entire congregation. Saving the leader to be gravely injured, the creature goes back into his portal. The sacrifice is unharmed. Bruce chalks this up in his journal as, a reason for people to be evil.
An old friend is coming out of the shadows to say hi. Someone we haven’t seen in about a solid year. Harvey Dent, climbing out the woodwork. Why he’s back? Who knows, Bruce is hot on his trail right after going over the murder scene of the Demarco brothers.
With bullet wounds in each of their eyes and evidence of a proper shootout. Bruce detects that Harvey has been shot and would most likely be seeking treatment. Dent, getting patched up seems different. He’s losing control, not that he had much before but until now. Dent hasn’t shown the level of dual personality for some time. Even more concerning, the people he’s employed seem to have a zealous nature to them.
This artwork for this book is fantastic, between the action panels and Bruce’s brilliant deduction skills. Each one is jam-packed with information relevant to the context of the events transpiring. That in tandem with Tomasi’s unique way of writing a story really helps the reader dive into the two minds of Harvey. Honestly, it’s haunting while also intriguing.