Writer James Tynion IV
Artist Guillem March
Colors Tomeu Morey
Letters Clayton Cowles
Cover March & Morey
Bruce needs to bring this war to an end. After some soul searching with a tea made by Harley from Ivy’s special plants. Bruce reconnects with himself after a long trip with Joker and Punchline’s new toxin. It is time to call in the family for some help. With Babs back in the clocktower reclaiming her Oracle mantle. The Batfamily has everything they need to take down the Joker and end this ridiculous war.
The family retakes the city, and Bruce goes to face the clown prince of crime at his proverbial birthplace. Ace Chemicals. Harley tells him this time has to be different. This time, Joker must die. There have been too many deaths on that clown’s hands to do this in some clouded idea of the “right” way. Bruce thinks hard on this as he enters the factory. Welcomed by the corpse of his father, Alfred. Bruce struggles to maintain composure as Joker enters the room dawning Bruce’s new suit. One he made to celebrate ridding Gotham of crime.
After a long and hard fight, Bruce gets the upper hand. Only to be met by Harley Quinn armed with two time bombs. One for her, and one for her ex. Bruce is now left with a choice. Save a friend, or save a mass murderer. For the first time in a long time, Bruce makes the right choice. Joker being ever the slippery devil. Uses the tools he had from Bruce’s new suit to disarm the bomb and escape.
Gotham very raw from the chaos Joker brought upon it with his war. Luscious has hired Grifter as a bodyguard. The Wayne Fortune is now his hands. The board has decided that it would be best to step back from Bruce to maintain the meaning and ideals they hold for Gotham. This means Bruce is gonna have to tighten his belt a bit and do some real work. Without the help of billionaire tech and toys to help him get things done faster. That means Bruce needs to find a new way to conduct himself as Batman. Without Alfred and Luscious in his ear, things are going to get a lot harder for our caped crusader.
Honestly, this is the exact kind of change I have been wanting for Bruce for a very long time. I’m only 28, Bruce has been the same character for my whole life. Now, Tynion successfully set the groundwork for a truly fundamental shift. Not only for Bruce but Gotham as a whole. I couldn’t more excited. With Guillem March’s art really driving the tone of the groundwork needed to feel that this shift is necessary. Gotham is in great hands.