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(You’ve been warned)

“Chapter Thirty-One”

  • Writer: Tom Taylor
  • Artist: Tom Derenick
  • Colors: Sergi Erra, Fran Vazquez & Santi Casas of Ikari Studio
  • Letters: Wes Abbott
  • Cover: Mico Suayan, David Lopez & Santi Casas of Ikari Studio

We’ve been without an appearance of Cap in this comic for six issues.  And when he comes back, he gets his ass handed to him.

Batman wants to break into Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, but in order to do that he needs to distract the man of steel.  This he arranges with the President of the United States.

Green Arrow and Black Canary enter Batman’s latest hide-out via a bathroom elevator.  There they find Bats calling a meeting (naturally) with Black Lightning, Huntress, Catwoman, and Captain Atom.  Black Lightning is pissed off with Batman for imprisoning Hawkgirl.  Captain Atom tells Bats he should have told them about his plans to use Martian Manhunter.  Then Batman drops the bombshell that Superman killed Martian Manhunter (in Injustice: Gods Among Us #29 – Supes used his heat vision to burn J’onn J’onzz to death).

Batman and the president have arranged to have U.S. warships head towards the Korean peninsula, knowing the Justice League will respond.  Batman’s team teleports to the Fortress of Solitude, where Catwoman will pick the lock and Captain Atom will open the door.

But Superman isn’t playing right.  Rather than heading for Korea, he shows up on the White House lawn and demands to speak to the president.  It doesn’t take Superman long to realize this was a distraction.  Meanwhile, in the Fortress, Batman’s team comes upon Ma and Pa Kent.

Batman calls off the mission at once.  He wants to get out before Superman gets the wrong idea and thinks he showed up there to hurt the Kents.  But Superman proves yet again that he is faster than Batman and stronger than Captain Atom.

Nearly every issue of this comic ends with an “oh shit” moment and this one does not disappoint.  Tom Taylor is crafting quite the story.  And Tom Derenick does a great job with the art.  I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but once again this is an A book.