Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Scott Godlewski
Published by DC Comics
Peter J. Tomasi is back writing on this title after an issue off. He gets things started right away with the beginning of a brand new storyline.
Tomasi really knows how to write an exciting Batman story and he proves that yet again in this very issue!
The issue starts out in the Township of Gothame in the year 1639.
The first three pages see a Icelandic Viking terrorizing a man. It is a wild and strange scene that informs the rest of the issue.
From there, we cut to the present day.
We get to see Batman beating on a couple of thugs who pulled knives on innocent people. He drops one of them off to the police. Batman then claims that he has to be somewhere. He is off in a real hurry!
Bruce goes and sees his dogs, Ace and Titus. He plays with them. It is Christmas after all!
Batman then pays a visit to Detective Bullock.
They go over a few things. Batman then goes to investigate. He eventually finds a bunch of innocent people strung up on a Christmas tree. They have been put there by a villain.
Bruce then does a bit of work in his Bruce Wayne persona. He even gives a speech, as he is trying to lure the criminal out. He may have bitten off more than he chew though as the villain is the same one from the beginning of the book. Talk about coincidences!
The writing is strong and consistently interesting.
Tomasi knows how to keep the book moving and keep the various characters interesting. The art by Godlewski is a nice surprise and a perfect fit. I am not sure where this is all going but I am definitely very interested.