Paul Bolles, William Rosado and Bob Wiacek are the creative team on the one-shot story in Detective 776 (Jan. 03).
Beuce Wayne has been very mopey since Sasha left. The story begins with a beautiful illustration of the Manor and the cave, but the bleakness and emptiness convey Bruce’s emotional state.
Batman winds up on a case that involves an undercover cop now in the witness protection program. He gave evidence against the mobster whose organization he had infiltrated, but the man went free. Now, someone is killing off the gang members, the former cop is the prime suspect.
Batman goes to visit the man’s father, to find out where he is. Despite being in the witness protection program, the guy apparently stayed in touch with his father.
Nor does the gangster have much trouble finding him, as they are out to kill him before he can kill them. Great art on this.
It turns out Batman and the police have it all wrong. The father was killing the gang members, to draw out the leader. And though he pulls a gun on him, it’s only to ensure that he gets shot himself, with Batman as a witness, to ensure the man will go to prison and his son can return to his life.
A really sad little story. Batman can be a downer.
Spore, a really wonderful, off-beat back-up series begins in this issue. Written by J.C. Gagne, and illustrated by Michel Gagne (I bet they’re related), Spore is a silent series that runs for five issues. So I will respect this by doing my best to summarize it solely with screen caps.