written by JAMES TYNION IV
art by JORGE JIMENEZ, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles
backup story art by RICARDO LOPEZ ORTIZ
card stock variant cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
1:25 card stock variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
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As we seemingly are on a fast track toward The Magistrate program in Gotham, let’s see how “Match” and his mustache are doing in getting in cahoots with the Unsanity Collective!
Our issue opens, as the previous two have, with a glimpse of the future and Bruce being tortured by the Scarecrow. We do get a few hints and some foreshadowing to what lead to these dire straights but no answers, yet. I’ll go out on a limb and venture a guess that MM has a hand in this. MM of course being Miracle Molly. Who’s that you ask? Yet ANOTHER new character created by James Tynion. And while I’ve certainly forgotten some of the new characters already, I think Miracle Molly will be sticking around for a while. She may end up being more popular than Punchline even too! She certainly is more interesting to me than Punchline. I’m still trying to figure out why she was arrows pointing to her knees on her pants, but I’ve never considered myself a fashion expert by any means.
We’re quickly back into the political side of things as we get a quick recap of the past dark days. A handy editor’s note reminds us of who and what Sean Mahoney brings to the story and people can probably see the so-called writing on the wall on who Peacekeeper -01 may be perhaps!?
The rest of the story mainly focuses on Bruce and Miracle Molly who is apparently one of the smartest people in the history of Gotham! You’ll have to read the issue to see just how I came to this amazing conclusion.
The art continues to enhance greatly an extremely well-written book. The Clocktower scenes continue to be among my favorites. The detail by Jimenez and coloring by Tomeu Morey give it a distinct location and atmosphere.
And with a new character and all, DC never misses out on an opportunity for variant covers. 29 variants to be exact! Not a joke. Here’s a few of my favorites.
As with literally every DC backup story thus far, with one exception, I’m not a fan of backups. They’re inferior, unfortunately in almost every way. So, if you’re a fan, or enjoying the backups, check them out by all means!
Tynion and company stay on a roll and even step up their game with the introduction of a fascinating new character in Miracle Molly. I can’t wait to see how the character develops and also wonder just how popular she may become!