Snyder and Jock begin the three-part story that will conclude Detective Comics in issue 879 (Early Sept. 11). It centres on James Gordon Jr, as much of Snyder’s run has done. I just don’t like this psychotic son, abruptly shoved into the narrative, which is likely why this final run never grabbed me.
James Gordon is not the only psychotic in this issue, as prisoner transfer is taking place.
Gordon goes to pick up his son from Leslie Thompkins’ clinic, where he has been volunteering, and acting the good boy.
The prisoner turns out to be the Joker, who infects his doctor with Joker toxin simply by touch, through his skin. The Joker escapes, as he often does.
Commissioner Gordon swiped one of James’ anti-psychotic pills, and gives it to Barbara to analyze. She discovers that James is apparently a master chemist, as he has reversed the effects of the pills, making them create psychotics, and has possibly been giving them to babies.
Bullock calls Gordon about the Joker’s breakout, but Gordon has his son on his mind.
Lots of very grisly art by Jock in this storyline. It’s all quite well done, but makes for a very bloody finale.
The story continues in the next issue.