Writer: Tom King
Art: Yanick Paquette
Colors: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Tom King has been building to his current arc since he took over Batman at the beginning of DC’s rebirth event. We’ve seen Batman tortured physically and emotionally and I’ve enjoyed every painful moment. This issue dives deeper into what’s really going on in Knightmares. It follows Batman’s inner dialogue while he trapped in what appears to be a simulation. Who does he talk with to figure out what’s happening? His almost wife Selina of course! The result is hauntingly beautiful. King also addresses what the motivations of Bane and Thomas Wayne are. The interaction between these two is the most insane and enjoyable part of this issue. At one point I actually cheered out loud. I’m hoping we get to see a lot more of Thomas in the future.
Yanick Paquette has a ton of fun with his takes on Bruce and Selina. You will see what I mean. There are some beautiful Bat/Cat moments and some moments that are hard to take. Clayton Cowles plays a very important role in this issue with the lettering. Bruce and Selina dance together and you see lyrics around them. Pay attention to those lyrics people. This issue moves the story forward while finding a way to be intimate and emotional. I can’t wait to see what’s next.