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This issue is the very definition of story-telling that treads water. All we learn is what we know - Ghostmaker is a former "schoolmate" of Batman and they had a deal that Ghostmaker is now breaking. The deal? They keep out of each other's way. Oh, and Bruce apparently misses his old friend. Well, politics will do that.

Clownkiller still wants to kill Harley, and We now know that Oracle is called Batgirl Prime and Steph and Cassie are "The Batgirls."

We do see that Ghostmaker is scaring the crooks into giving themselves up and returned Mr. Pyg to Arkham. He was free for eight months. That really does make him better than Bruce at fighting crime. Pyg is a dangerous mass murderer (and frankly, a boring "gimmick" villain who shocks only because of his body count. I maintain that's not a good character.) Will Bruce say he knew where Pyg was, but needed him free to stop someone from stealing the election or selling nukes to some hostile power? Because letting a monster like that roam is just a bridge too far. If he didn't know where Pyg was, then Ghostie is better.

The whole issue ends with Clownkiller about to kill a tied up Harley. We get the sense that she helped kill people he cared about, and that's the problem with Harley. Her body count is problematic when trying to make her a hero for the kids.

We are pretty much right where we were last issue, but $4 poorer. That's not good story telling. Not a fan of this issue.

Or I could be wrong.

You're right about the story definitely going nowhere from page 1. Half the time, the art disappointly dropped to subpar to the wonderful efforts we've been getting. It seems like Babs still has final approval on the peeving "The Batgirls" subteam name and hopefully she does NOT give it. That's the... convenient logic that Holt used for "The Terrifics". ;\) You certainly make fair points about Pyg on the loose for 8 months and Harley's Q-Rating chances with that killcount. One might try the argument that all the other Arkham Inmates have their own keys to the own Revolving Doors to constant presence half the time and Bats is saving the globe the other half of the time. As to Harley - still like her character especially when she's trying to redeem herself. She has her legit unique fun personality (not currently confused from chronology in her other 2 titles) and her off to a (REALLY) rough start with Clownhunter was entertaining again.

It's the Ghostmaker that gave this installment a passing grade, for me. There was some interesting backstory building with some actual show-dont-tell flashback panels for a change. It was agreeable that Dick actually knew about this new show foe and how the OG chum's timeline lined up. Very keen to see Batman Incorporated and Spyral eras noted and history with I Ching, Zatara, and Wildcat reconfirmed in current DC Prime canon. The Penny Plunderer nod, heh! The visual with Ivy remotely posting the vine was a cool moment -especially after Harley's "directed message" to her last ish- that was ..err.. organically working her into the arc. He's more than competant but not an out to "kill Batman" villain which is a kind of refreshing.

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