Writer James Tynion IV
Artist Jorge Jimenez
Colors Tomeu Morey
Letterer Clayton Cowles
Cover Jimenez & Morey
Bruce apprehends Gunsmith, a far-right gun enthusiast turned C-list assassin. A true Schroedinger’s patriot. Batman has taken on and beaten real soldiers. Needless to say, this shell of a threat was going to be a breeze. After a full night of fun, Bruce needs a new suit to continue the evening festivities.
Meanwhile, Harley and Selina have a quick heart to heart in the grave Selina has just exhumed. Just when the details start to get fun, they are attacked by Harley and Cheshire. Elsewhere, Bruce gets the drop on another one of the assassins in town. The Tooth Eater, who would remove his victims’ teeth and implant them into their stomachs.
After Harley and Selina subdue and bring in Merlin and Cheshire. Bruce now has 4 out of the five assassins sent to Gotham to distract him. Leaving Deathstroke on the run. Harley, with her new access to Bat toys, is piloting the drones that according to her are chock full nonlethal rubber bullets compliments of WayneTech.
In the Gotham skyline. Selina and Bruce meet up to discuss the nature of this Designer and to figure out what exactly he is doing here. Having taken interest in the criminals of Gotham, he calls to the biggest four there. Relating to them, as a grand villain of an earlier era, he knew their exact struggle. The first step to helping them, feeding their ambitions. Asking Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, and The Joker what they hope to accomplish as the greatest feats of their careers.
I’m pretty blown away by this issue. I say that because this opens very many doors in Gotham that certainly haven’t been explored explicitly. The Joker’s greatest achievement goal as a villain is honestly the grimmest and most intriguing thing I have thought about in a very long time. It has this intensely appealing, impending doom about it. That knowing how absolutely genocidal he is on the surface and trying to fathom what someone like him considers to be a life goal. The artwork helping with this feeling and bringing this horrific light to the Clown Prince of Crime and really highlighting who is truly the one to be feared among Batman’s rogues.