Writer: Gregg Hurwitz
Artist: Alberto Ponticelli
Published by DC Comics
In a rare ‘silent’ issue, we get a new storyline, following the struggles of an immigrant family trying to better their lives by coming to Gotham. And that always works out real well, right?
I think Hurwitz does a great job of using the strengths of his artist, if that makes sense. Ponticelli’s style is gritty and sort of dark and the plot matches that quite well. I enjoyed the focus on the family and each of its members, and their troubles within the human trafficking. And subtle Batman feelings are always a plus, in any story.
I liked Ponticelli’s work by its own merit as well. And it’s weird to put into words, but my favorite bit has to be his use of Batman’s cape in a lot of the panels. Not a lot of people can pull off solid and gorgeous cape-work, so that’s a huge kudos to him!
My only gripe is that it felt like a bit of a quick read, but overall it was an enjoyable start to a short arc. And some cameos by the Penguin is never a bad thing, in my eyes!
4 out of 5 nerds