Written by Peter J Tomasi
Art by Scott Godlewski
Colors by David Baron
Letters by Rob Leigh
A brutal series of murders will lead the Dark Knight on an investigation into an ancient evil.
On a wintery night in Gotham, Batman has taken down a group of robbers and delivered them to the police. With Alfred gone, Bruce has some personal matters that he needs to attend to at home and those responsibilities will show the new reality Bruce exists in. Unable to reconcile the fact that Alfred is gone, Bruce throws himself back into his work. After coming upon a crime scene littered with bodies, Batman realizes that there is something ancient and unknown about this mystery and attempts to contact Bullock about what he knows.
When he gets a call from Lucius for another Bruce Wayne related commitment, he heads to a tree lighting ceremony for his company and the killer emerges ready to kill Bruce Wayne in front of everyone.
An interesting new story that better showcases the world without Alfred than anything else. The holiday setting is interesting and the introduction to this character is interesting as well, but the story only really engaged me when it focused on Bruce dealing with the absence of both Alfred and Gordon in Gotham. Those scenes are infinitely more interesting. It will be interesting to see those dynamics play out more for Bruce as the story continues.
Scott Godlewski delivers some awesome art in this issue. There are some brutal visual moments throughout and the action looks amazingly fluid and full of detail.