Remind Me Again… Why Live in Gotham? (Batman #52 Spoilers)

The Great Equivocation continues in Batman #52 as a Bruce Wayne, just after being dumped at the altar rooftop by Catwoman, is on a jury trying a case against mister Freeze that was solved by himself – as Batman.

And he is arguing the case within the jury for why Mister Freeze should be deemed not guilty despite his confession, and is basically making the case against Batman. Self loathing has never gone so deep.

But in one page, one of the other jurors talks about her own experience regarding why Freeze put on his suit when Batman came for him, if he was indeed innocent. And she recounts a tale of her son…

Seriously, why live in Gotham is this is the police’s response? When insane criminal gangs run amok with only one man in a cape to organise any kind of resistance. Where the police are crooked as the criminals? When the only good police have to resort to turning on a spotlight to get anything done? When there’s always someone poisoning the water, the air, the lipstick, where earthquakes can hit and the government abandons the place or where a mountain can suddenly appear and disappear right in the middle of the city, plunging people into strange otherworldly dimensions? And where the police suggest kids carry guns with them?

Population of Gotham? Move.

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Lee Weeks
“Cold Days” continues! The jury in the Mr. Freeze trial is hopelessly deadlocked because one man won’t vote guilty-and that man is Bruce Wayne. Freeze’s defense is that Batman used excessive force, making his arrest illegal, and Bruce is the one man who actually knows for sure what went down between Batman and his ice-cold nemesis. And if Bruce is right, that means everything he’s devoted himself to as the Caped Crusader is a lie; he is hurting more than helping. With Dick Grayson putting the Batsuit back on to keep Gotham City safe while Bruce is sequestered, could this be the out Bruce needs to discard the cape and cowl forever?
The Eisner Award-nominated team of Tom King and Lee Weeks reexamine the relationship between hero and foe, as Batman relives not just that one violent night when he took down the King of Cold, but every time the two have come to blows.In Shops: Aug 01, 2018
SRP: $3.99

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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