One of the best aspects of Tom King’s Batman run is that he’s never satisfied sticking to one particular formula. Each issue has a distinct tone, pace and flow.
Every Epilogue is a Prologue ties in to both the issue’s stories. One is Gotham Girl considering her future after being rehabilitated from Psycho Pirate’s control. I really appreciate King’s slow roll out of her recovery as it’s more meaningful now and brings full circle this run’s first arc. The second story revolves around Batman and Catwoman’s ‘it’s complicated’ romance status. That’s more of a spoiler, but required for any fans of their relationship.
To match King’s dual stories, he’s joined by two artists: regular series artist David Finch and Clay Mann.
Finch has the more dramatic Batman/Catwoman story, which features more movement and expressive close-ups.
Mann, who gets assists from his twin brother, Seth, is well suited for this other tale. Mann keeps Batman centered while Gotham Girl floats and hovers around. This provides a fun, different spin on a typical Batman and sidekick conversation.
Jordie Bellaire’s colors are sensational in both tales, which has a nice contrast of a bright and sunny conversation and one in a dreary, rainy backdrop.
This is definitely going to be one of the biggest issues of the year especially since it’s the prelude to the return of The Riddler and The Joker.
Rating: 10 out of 10