Oh man, that last page is a shocker (though, sadly, obviously a fake-out).
Tom King’s story-craft for this issue really shows why he is one of the most celebrated writers today. He manages to create a very tense issue with the threat of Bane looming over all of Gotham, which he manages to deftly inter-cut with humor and of course some character building with the remaining Robins (and Duke). The banter that King sets up between Damian, Dick, and Jason (with Duke) and also with Bruce was just golden, and really helps to set up the tragedy that Bane is promising.
Though am sure that King stole the “jokerise” joke from Garth Ennis…
David Finch’s art is great, showing why he is still one of the most sought after artists in the industry. He switches between moods, tones, and styles so seamlessly and so effortlessly that this is one of those comics that reminds you that it is a collaborative medium (Finch’s art really sells King’s writing).
I cannot wait to see what will happen with the rest of this storyline, it feels like it has been building for a long time (which I can appreciate, it is nice to know that these past sixteen issues all mattered to one another, rather than just for four to six issues at a time).
Five solid Thwips! Bring on Bane!