Batman #42 is hitting the shelves tomorrow so we are going to look back at where we left off the last time we saw the caped crusader. (Click here for a list of what’s coming out tomorrow. We split the list into two groups: new single issues and new HC, TP, and Reprints.)
Batman Issue #41 picks up after the dramatic final showdown between Joker and Batman in the conclusion of the Endergame Arce. The issue starts with a not untypical Monday morning in Gotham. A monster is terrorizing a city block and the police on hand are powerless to stop it. With Batman’s death occurring in Issue #40 the question is, who will stop this monster. The answer….Batman of course. We quickly learn that Jim Gordon has taken up the mantle of the Caped Crusader. As our new Batman battles the electric mo nster, we flashback to the police academy where we see that the original plan was for a top graduate to adapt the cape and cowl. But we learn that Gordon’s experience and savvy put him on the top of the list to be the city’s new savior.
The rest of the book bounces back and forth between the present time, as Batman battles his abominable foe, and the past as Jim Gordon battles with the choice of whether or not to become the next Dark Knight. Batman uses his deductive reasoning to deduce that the electric beast he is facing is only a distraction for a bigger crime. It turns out that a criminal named Precious, a member of the Whisper Gang, is trying to rob Dadger Valera, the “best baseball player in Gotham history.” Batman does his Bat thing and stops the bad guy in a very Bat way. We also flashback and get to see Jim Gordon accept his place as a new Batman. One that will have “checks and balances” and will work with the police and the local governments.
Oh, and then the ending of course really raises your eyebrow, but let’s not spoil that one, just in case some people have not read it yet.
My inaccurate predictions tell me that at some point Batman will have conflict with his mantle as a hero and his nature of being a cop. Batman doesn’t always work within the law out of necessity to battle criminals whose goal is to destroy society. I suspect at some point Jim Gordon and Batman will conflict and we will see the true cost a man will pay for being Gotham’s hero. Overall, I hope issue #42 will give us more insight into the workings of the Bunny Bat suit and the team that is helping to run the whole operation.
Have fun Bat Fans and don’t forget to check out some of the other topics on this blog, such as Monday Cinema Club, Bookworm Tuesday, Anything Can Happen Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Friday’s Week in Review.