Writer Peter J. Tomasi
Artist Brad Walker
Inks Andrew Hennesy
Colorist Brad Anderson
Letterer Rob Leigh
Cover Walker, Hennesy, & Anderson
Variant Cover Lee Bermejo
Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face makes a boisterous reappearance in Gotham. Starting by shooting the Demarco brothers in both eyes. Analyzing the crime scene quickly, Bruce is able to determine that Dent was shot in the exchange. So he needs a doctor. Gotham rogues can’t just waltz into a hospital, even if they have been shot. Dent needs an underground medic. While being treated, it’s very clear that there is something different about this Harvey. He’s less in control of his wilder side than normal, exhibited when he shoots the medic helping him with his wounds after flipping heads. Bruce comes to the scene to find two henchmen trying to torch the scene. These aren’t the typical crooks that help out Dent. These guys are wearing uniforms, fight with a religious zeal, and most importantly are willing to die in there service to Two-Face. Imploding their own brains Waller style at the push of a button.
Bruce is stressing out trying to understand how Dent got these people to give their lives for him. Meanwhile, Harvey delivers a sermon to his follows. Explaining they are a force of simple arithmetic, where one and one make one. Commanding his men to do Batman’s job for a night in an effort to win over the people. As he ends his speech with a coin flip Harvey takes the wheel momentarily, a shift his new right and left hand people Vice & Versa take notice of. Bruce gets the evidence he needs when performing an autopsy on the bodies. As he tries to leave the cave for his next lead. To his surprise, he finds Dent at the waterfall exit pleading for Bruce’s help. After binding him Bruce takes Dent with him to the Gotham courthouse to follow his next lead.
The issue brings a new light to what exactly is going on with Dent. His sane side (the not so melty end) is losing more and more control over their shared body. The readers being shown much deeper how separate the two may be, or even the more so that the irrational side is evolution so to speak. The art style really gives this duality showing theme throughout really shine through in this issue as well. Between chanting Dent zealots and Two-Face crying. This issue really brings us this very grotesque tone of his condition. I am very excited to see how this arc comes to a conclusion and I wonder if this change will be something of permanence.