For an issue of Detective Comics featuring only a cameo of Batman this one ain’t too bad. Commissioner James Gordon takes center stage here, haunted by the return of his son and an unsolved series of child murders more than fifteen years ago.
The two stories fit well together (even without the thread writer Scott Snyder shoves in at the end), and the story reminds us how much the job has cost Gordon over the years and how the thousands of cases he’s solved can’t outweigh the ones that still haunt him.
Although I’m not wild about the art for Batman (in the couple of panels the Dark Knight Detective actually appears), Francesco Francavilla‘s style works well for a story centered around Gordon, both in the past and the present. It will be interesting to show how the James Jr. storyline plays out, and how much time it’s given center stage (as it is here). Worth a look.