opened with a gory scene showing 27 men lying dead at the hands of Gotham. The weight of responsibility for the safety of Gotham City and its residents is starting to weigh on the sincere rookie. He’s realizing it will take more than superpowers to be a hero. The situation isn’t helped by the fact that Gotham and Gotham Girl have had their emotions turned sideways by Psycho Pirate.
In Batman #5
, Gotham decides that the city of Gotham needs to be destroyed because he can’t save it. He flies to the center of town and warns bystanders to run as his eyes begin to glow red. Batman’s on the way, but won’t make it in time, so he sends in a decoy to stall for a few minutes. Alfred arrives on the scene in the Batmobile, wearing a Batsuit. That image alone is worth the price of admission.
Batman himself is no match physically for Gotham, so he has called in some reinforcements. It quickly becomes evident that even The Justice League’s combined abilities won’t cut it unless they gain some understanding of Gotham’s unique powers. The only person who can provide said insight is Gotham Girl, who is currently in the Batcave with Duke, paralyzed with irrational fear courtesy of Psycho Pirate.
I am Gotham
#5 is a brilliant finale to the arc. Tom King
has deftly established Batman
as the only hero who can bear the weight of Gotham City’s sins. Bruce Wayne
is Gotham City, for better and worse. Batman
#6 will serve as an epilogue to I am Gotham
, and then we get to see King write Batman’s first crossover of the Rebirth era in Batman #7. The Monster Men are coming!
Batman #5, DC Comics, Rated T, released August 17, 2016, written by Tom King
, pencils by David Finch
, inks by David Finch
, Sandra Hope
, Matt Banning
and Scott Hanna
, colors by Jordie Bellaire
, letters by John Workman
, cover by David Finch
, Danny Miki
, and Jordie Bellaire
, variant cover by Tim Sale
Review by Brendan Allen
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