Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Art: Dustin Nguyen (the Veil), Guillem March (Vicki Vale), ChrisCross (Stephanie Brown), Jame McKelvie (Leslie Thompkins), Alex Konat & Mark McKenna (Harvey Bullock)
Letterer: Steve Wands
Colorist: Guy Major and Guillem March
Assistant Editor: Janelle Siegel
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: DC Comics
If you have been following along with the entire “Battle for the Cowl” event for the last few months then this issue is sort of a wrap up of those events from the Veil’s point of view as she is trying to speak, or interpret, what Gotham City is thinking and feeling since Batman’s ‘death’ and ‘resurrection’. Each of the stories within this issue are not conclusions of the stories that were started in the Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead one-shot, but sort of the ending of the first act of sorts leading to more stories in the future. These stories will be playing out in the pages of the returning titles as well as the new titles that will be beginning in June.
While I won’t put all of my feelings about the entire “Battle for the Cowl” event in this review I will say that this issue does act as a bookend for this act, and I’m hoping that what comes next gives me a little more than I got here. While I don’t think what I’ve read in this issue is bad in any regards, it did not feel compelling other than a most unexpected vignette – Vicki Vale. I try my best to keep all of my reviews as spoiler free as possible I will say that Vale’s big reveal, or her new hobby I should say, will be interesting to watch unfold as we move forward in the lives of Gotham City. That part of this whole issue grabbed me enough that I want to see it played out more.
There are reasons that these stories are being told. It’s up to the reader to figure out why these stories are important. It’s up to the writer, Fabian Nicieza, to make the reader want to figure it all out. Again, I can’t say that anything I read in this issue other than Vale’s reveal at the end of the issue really made me want to read more about them. If they show up in the books I’m reading I’ll follow along, but I’m not inspired to go seek them out.
I’m happy to see “Battle for the Cowl” end because I want to get on with this new status quo. I didn’t care for the road it took for us to get here, but I understood it needed to happen. I liked some parts, and didn’t like others. I hope what comes next is worth this event.