Who knew that all it would take to make Gordon a decent Batman, was for him to leave Gotham? Peter Tomasi does a fantastic job with this issue, taking Gordon out of his comfort zone and forcing him to sharpen his detective skills. On his first adventure with the Justice League, Gordon is able to piece together the sad tale of the monster living in the mountains. What Tomasi does so well in this issue, is that he only very briefly dwells on Gordon doubting his purpose, instead focusing on Gordon’s detective skills. While Gordon has constantly felt out of place as Batman in other issues, he comfortably fit the role in this one, and by the end he down right felt settled in. 4/5
This issue does a great job of highlighting just how poorly Dick and Tim’s relationship has been handled after DC’s reboot. In general Tim has been written out of character, distanced from the rest of the Bat-family, and overall just strikingly different than his former self. This issue has a rattled Dick Grayson looking into a secretive Tim Drake’s family and things do not end well. However, the biggest problem with this scenario is that at one point in time, these two characters were closer than family, they were brothers by choice and blood. There never would have been an ounce of mistrust in Dick and there wouldn’t have been all the secrets from Tim. This series has been great so far, it’s just a shame that Tim continues to be treated as the unwanted step child. 3.5/5
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