After an exciting vacation in Germany, Batman is once again in Gotham City. But while Bruce and Lucius have been preparing for the arrival of a new and improved Batmobile, Penguin and his goons haven't been idle.
Remember that finger Lucius lost and that Harley Quinn hoped would grant her access into a Wayne Enterprises tablet? Turns out it doesn't help much. It does, however, give Penguin a brief window in order to obtain some valuable information: the schedule for the incoming shipment of Batmobile parts.
And who better to steal the parts than the villainous dynamic duo known as Tweedledee and Tweedledum? Okay, just about everybody is better. However, it's part of what makes the Batman: Arkham game series great. All of Batman's long and strange history is on display, and the games often include a number of lesser, more obscure Batman characters for fans to be reintroduced to.
In that regard it's nice to see these two C-grade villains take center stage. Speaking of C-Grade, Batman and Gordon this issue also team up to bring down a deranged "Kid Shark," the son of deceased Suicide Squad member King Shark. Once again, it's nice to see Peter Tomasi tie together the various Arkham properties into a cohesive whole. King Shark died in the DC Animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham, a film that in all likelihood few people reading this comic have actually seen. But for super fans of the Arkham universe, it's nice to see Tomasi respect already existing material and tie it into his own story.
The encounter gives Batman and Commissioner Gordon an opportunity to catch up. We learn just how essential Gordon is to keeping the Gotham Police Department up and running, as he comments on how half the force wouldn't know how to button their uniforms if he wasn't around to help. Tomasi brings some much-needed humor to Gordon as well. Despite being the grizzled veteran cop, Tomasi's Gordon isn't afraid of cracking a few jokes here and there.
Batman: Arkham Knight continues to be a solid choice week after week for Batman fans. Though the Arkham Knight himself is noticeably absent, the way Tomasi incorporates previously existing Arkham stories into his book makes it a great place for both newcomers and longtime fans to enjoy.
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