Commissioner Gordon is stepping down from her tenure in the GCPD, with the future uncertain, what will become of Neo-Gotham.
As the new CEO of Wayne-Powers throws a celebration for Gordon’s retirement, Terry decides to investigate the new CEO Dominic Lumos’s intentions and his connections to the new kinds of threats that have plagued Neo-Gotham. What is Lumos hiding? Who can Terry trust?
Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing continue to dive deeper into the mind of Terry AKA Batman as he ruminates about the words that his predecessor Bruce once bestowed unto him. It’s nice to see that, unlike his predecessor, Terry understands that Neo-Gotham will never get better and that what really matters isn’t improving the conditions of the city, but the lives that inhabit it. The writers explore deeper into the socio-economic structures of Neo-Gotham and how it influences Terry’s worldview as a seasoned Batman that is trying to make use of the little resources that he has. Especially as he struggles to maneuver through the influence that Lumos has in the various pockets and agencies of the city that Terry attempts to protect. The story flows and garners excitement as readers get to witness the change in the roster of Terry’s current cast of characters who are moving on which opens new possibilities for the character and this world.
Max Dunbar’s art is fantastic for this issue. It evokes a lot of energy that is synonymous to the animated series, dense with detail, and action. That is further executed by the solid color work by Sebastian Cheng and the lettering of Aditya Bidikar, who make this issue a highlight for where this series is going tonally. It’s easy to say that this is a solid issue that provides a story with just as much world-building as it does a story, providing a lot of character moments that’s worth following. It’s rare to see two series that focus on one of the most iconic protege’s in comics exploring different depictions of Terry and being so enjoyable, which is truly welcomed as this is one of the exceptions. Definitely pick this book up for new comic book day.