Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Trevor McCarthy
Colorist: Dean White
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Trevor McCarthy
Last time: Dick teamed up with the renegade Titans in a bittersweet reunion to conduct a rescue mission for his son, Jake Grayson. Making their way into the Crusaders’ base easy enough, the team was met with a chilly greetings, as Mister Freeze loomed over the former teens.
What’s Happening? With Reed Strong: Kate Kane handles the bureaucracy of the crusaders from her desk, as Mister Freeze holds Jake by the neck back in the containment bays. Starfire leads the Titans to fight off the cold-blooded doctor; blue lantern Lois Lane helping to lead the assault. The gang grabs Jake and makes their escape, Wally discovering a little late that Freeze managed to cut him off from the Speed Force. Dick disagrees with fighting directly against the Crusaders much to the dismay of the rest of the team; especially including his son himself. Knocking Dick out go make their next errand, the Titans meet a familiar and friendly face; a bearded but very much alive Superman. Clark reveals a little more of what drove Dick to do what his did, Jake starts to see more of the grays and struggles that lead someone to do bad things. Dick continues to sit steadfast in what he does as he sits in a cell his former friends sat him in; making a call to Kate Kane, telling her he’s ready to wipe out the Titans and the cure for good.
Reed Strong’s Strong Read: Every issue of this elseworlds has continued to really flesh out this reality, and do everything it can to remind the reader that there are very few things that are black and white. We start to see more survivors of Dick’s atrocity, and the way they have to face what he did, as Dick continues to stay firmly in his beliefs that he both did and is still doing the right thing. Superman’s surprising ally as well as Bruce Wayne’s shocking fate help rev the engines towards the big finale next issue; and Dick certainly has more than a few tricks left up his sleeve.