Batman Issue #43 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.)
This new arc for this series started back at Issue #41, which picks up after the dramatic final showdown between Joker and Batman in the conclusion of the Endergame storyline. 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. 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. The new Batman has now been established and he is one who will have “checks and balances” and will work with the police and the local governments.
In issue #42 we see that Gordon is spending a lot of time trying to perfect his Batman skills. He gets a nice surprise when his support crew reveals is very own Bat-Truck. Before you know it, it’s time to hit the streets again. Gee Gee Heung, leader of the “Devil Pigs,” a part of the Narrows’ Division of the Triads, seems to be able to kinetically control building materials and quickly starts tearing up the city. It’s strange because Gee Gee Heung is only a street boss and all of the sudden he has massive powers. The only way Batman can think to stop this bad guy is by using his new toy. He remotely drives the Bat-Truck into Gee Gee Heung, destroying it and taking down Gee Gee. However, he isn’t going to jail, because Gee Gee is quickly exposed to lethal doses of radiation. Turns out, someone is selling super powers to crime bosses. However, there is an added feature of a radioactive seed placed into the clients, so if they get captured, they are killed before they can talk. But Gee Gee does give up a name. Mr. Bloom.
Besides fighting suped up gangsters, Gordon starts to see some issues with being a deputized Batman. For example, there is protocol to follow and sometimes Batman needs to take a back seat as the GCPD takes the lead. Gordon is also dealing with his self-confidence and whether or not he can live up to the mantel of being the Dark Knight. But Jim finds great support in Julia Perry, part of his support team who admits that this isn’t her first time supporting a Caped Crusader.
Finally, we see Bruce Wayne. Yes, Bruce Wayne and it looks like he is lending a hand at a community center. He is there with Duke Thomas and Julie Madison, his old flame. Also, as Bruce goes to the storage closet to get some supplies, he runs into no other than…Batman.
Hopefully Issue #43 can help clear up some questions about Bruce. Like, why is he so happy and unconcerned with Bat things? What’s the deal with Duke Thomas? He knows Bruce was Batman, so does he know what’s going on? And then don’t forget about Mr. Bloom. How many more super powered crime bosses will there be? The description for the new issues reads “In the start of a new epic, a new villain stalks Gotham City. Will Batman be able to uncover the mystery of Mr. Bloom?” Whatever Scott Snyder and the gang have in store for us, I bet it’s going to be amazing.
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