Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson
Hush and Jason Bard essentially ruined whatever reputation Batman had in Gotham last issue and they continue to do so in this one as well. After causing a number of people to lose their lives, including GCPD officers by blowing up one of Batman’s many hidden cache’s around the city, it is now a race against the clock until another one does the same. To say that there is a fair amount of suspense this issue would be quite accurate as the writers of the book take the reader on a ride through Gotham, following Batman and Julia Pennyworth as they race to destroy the caches. One thing that you do come to realize in this issue is that Hush must have been planning this for a long while. For him to be so thorough and to be able to cripple and anticipate Batman at every move must have taken years of research and learning. It is impressive to say the least as Hush is starting to become a villain who may be more than a match for the Batman. Alfred shows some grit this issue, manning his station as support to Batman and Julia even though the fear toxin is still affecting him and Julia shows a little backbone as well, making Batman accept her help by essentially telling him he will fail if he tries to go it alone. Jason Fabok’s art is fantastic and really makes the book exciting whenever he is on board to draw a chapter and while it would be nice to see him on the book permanently, part time will have to do. Another great issue from DC’s finest weekly.
4 out of 5
Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Patrick Zircher
Colours – Hi-Fi
After a string of mediocre issues, the book finally picks up and delivers the goods by narrowing its focus and giving the reader some payoff on a single story, that of the Firestorm and Red Robin tale involving Dr. Yamakaze and Madison Payne. It was a long time in the coming, but this book was fairly exciting and we finally got to see Red Robin in action again, even though it was sans costume. The mystery of the book continues even here as we see Cadmus has its hands in more than just a couple of pots as they are funding Dr. Yamakaze’s research and even mention Deathstroke by name. The funny thing about this particular story is that it has been one of the least compelling ones featured in the book up until this moment, but this issue actually turns things around and holds your interest. There is a major death as well as a big reveal this issue which should make things quite intriguing going onwards and if they are smart, the writers will keep this momentum up and start propelling all of the various stories forward like they did this one. This was an extremely nice change of pace for the title.
4 out of 5