Taking place after the events of Batman #15, this issue focuses on Damian Wayne. Angered by the Bat Family’s attitude towards his father’s work with Joker, and not satisfied with staying in the Batcave, Robin takes it upon himself to search for Alfred. Damian’s investigation takes him somewhere he didn’t quite expect: A face-to-face confrontation with the Harlequin of Hate himself.
Peter Tomasi has really outdone himself this issue. The interaction between Joker and Damian was superb. Joker’s explanation on why he is attacking the Bat Family, and Damian’s reaction to his crazy ranting was incredibly intense and disturbing, and still manages to add a little well placed humor right in the middle of it.
Patrick Gleason’s art easily my favorite part of issue #15. He brought one of the most downright disturbing interactions to life. The animal carcasses, the maggots and Joker’s face are the things nightmares are made of, and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting this issue anytime soon.
I have been a fan of Peter Tomasi’s run on Batman and Robin since the beginning of the New 52, and felt that the quality of the series was beginning to wane after the fantastic first story arc, Born to Kill. Issue #15 absolutely crushes any doubts I had, and ramps up the quality with its first issue into Death of the Family.
[Written by contributor Marco Villalpando]
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason
Cover by Greg Capullo