This is gearing up back to where things were. Seeing a bit of these dark designs come to the surface to give an idea of what’s going on. The wildcard here is the Joker as always. I am counting on him to crash the proverbial plane and thrive in the ensuing chaos after.
Writer James Tynion IV
Artist Guillem March
Colors Tomeu Morey
Letters Clayton Cowles
Cover Yasmine Putri/ Tony Daniel
Variant Cover Francesco Mattina
Harley corners Slade with an army of bat probes as if she’s playing a video game. Once he is corralled, Bruce calls them back to go after the mercenary himself. Flying him up on the Batwing to get a one on one with him. Bruce explains to Slade that he’s only trying to give the people of Gotham a semblance of peace and harmony after the torment that was the City of Bane. He can only do that if these people in masks with gimmicks stop coming after him and allow him to do so.
Obstinately, Slade refuses this request straight in the face of the dark knight. Prompting him to tackle him off the aircraft and put the two of them at risk for his goals. Deathstroke knows Bruce too well and calls him out for pretending to be cold-blooded. Two feet on the ground, the Designer appears on a nearby billboard to terminate his contract with the terminator and sick his gassed citizen goons after the both of them.
Meanwhile, the Designer has the other mercs he initially hired released and taken off the board to further his goals. Informing Selina that her telling Bruce everything she knew was a part of the plan the whole time. That way, Bruce wracks his mind trying to unravel the mystery. Selina and Harley fight their way out of the facility, barely saving their skins before the place blows up. Selina has a plan, steal the most wealth she can before the Designer. That way his plans start to fall apart.
Riddler, with the help of the Designer, has a fun crossword puzzle for Batman. One that will span the city and bring walls down as he fills in the words, each block being a letter in the puzzle. To ensure Bruce doesn’t cheat, Riddler has blocked communications. Any wrong answers and the bombs start going off. Meanwhile, Harley and Selina take to the sewers to escape the Designer’s zombified GCPD goons for a short while. To no avail, because some swat members are in the sewers waiting for them. Back to Bruce, who has now restrained Slade and is taking him into the subway. The merc asking if he knows where the Riddler.
Of course, he does, Nigma is one of the most predictable villains of Gotham. Bruce calls the emergency Battrain to get on the move. During this, he makes short work of this puzzle. Which tilts the Riddler harder than usual, causing him to yell expletives over the billboards of Gotham for all to see. Bruce forever the morale buster.
Firstly, I’m ecstatic to see everything coming back to full swing. I’m a little behind this week admittedly. My dear readers, I promise I will be back on top of my stuff to geek out on DEATH METAL with the lot of you. The Designer’s plans seem to be at the expense of the villains he once wanted to help. Selina seems to have figured that out while Riddler has had his aspirations crushed under the wit of the bat. Tynion is back in full swing and I’m excited to see where this convoluted plan comes together.