Series: Detective Comics (2016-)
Published: November 27, 2019
Story & Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Illustrators: Doug Mahnke & Tyler Kirkham
Inkers: Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, & Tyler Kirkham
Colors: Davi Baron
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Publisher’s Summary: Defeating her now-estranged husband, Mr. Freeze, isn’t enough to sate Nora Fries’s bloodlust as she usurps his frozen throne, establishing herself as the first ice queen of Gotham. The Dark Knight will have his hands full as Nora unleashes an icy hell unlike any other on his city’s streets.
“Maybe, just maybe, Mr. Freeze’s heart isn’t as cold as it seems!”
The Batman & Mr. Freeze team-up is as odd to see as it is exciting, as the villain that has brought the two opposing forces together is a dangerous one; Mrs. Freeze has distanced herself from her husband, and, in the process of doing so, has made it clear that she hates him and wishes to make the most out of this, her second life. Of course, Mr. Freeze is feeling the pain of rejection, and although it appears as though he is taking it in stride, it’s only a matter of time before the real, obsessive criminal that’s hiding just beneath Mr. Freeze’s frozen surface rears his head.
More so than just bringing together Batman and Mr. Freeze, Peter J. Tomasi has successfully added depth and relevancy to this arc. Throughout this issue, especially, Nora (Mrs. Freeze) points out that her husband was selfishly keeping her imprisoned in an icy tomb so that he could have her, to himself, forever. Nora is simply trying to escape to cold and unforgiving grasp of a dominating husband, right? Shouldn’t readers be rooting for her success? Ah, the moral and emotional complexity.
Mrs. Freeze is dead set on escaping the cold grasp of her husband and starting a new life, and she’ll do whatever it takes to be free, even if that means turning Gotham City into an icy graveyard. Tomasi and his team continues to impress.