Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Chris Burnham
In order to obtain clues that could lead him to Leviathan, Batman brings Matches Malone back to Gotham. Morrison spends most of the issue recreating the gangster's personality and it pays off. This Malone is a quirky, almost comical character, a far cry from the dark and broody cape crusader, which ultimately makes him a formidable master of disguise. Another who also creates an alternate persona is Damian. After last chapter's cliffhanger, the Boy Wonder is presumed dead (by the way, that climatic ending is trivialized and almost ignored in this issue) so he comes up with a new alias for himself; an interesting move, let's see where that goes. This installment also upholds events that took place in the title prior to the New 52 relaunch; among the most notorious is the existence of the original Batwoman, Kathy Kane. Will the rest of the New 52 affirm all of them? Time will tell.