Batman #15 from writer Tom King and artist, colorist Mitch Gerads is one emotional punch right in the gut.
Right off the bat, we've got Batman and Catwoman naked on a rooftoop -- hence the whole Rooftops arc name. Then we jump right into a hilarious, heart-wrenching and vintage flashback to these two's origins.
It really just fits this strange relationship. These two people know each other down to the core as they remember their meeting differently, whether on a boat or in the street King nails their love story in a span of like five pages.
That's not easy to do.
He was aided, of course, by the jack-of-all-trade Mitch Gerads.
Now while King's story and format sets it up, Gerads description and emotion in each panel between Bruce and Selina is as intimate as a Batman comic has ever gotten. While professing their love, Gerads and King do it in the style that so many fell in love with in the Sheriff of Babylon.
There is something about this style that connects me with this relationship, even while this insane mystery story is being told in the process. King and Gerads have mastered the formula of making readers feel the same way the characters do.
Bruce and Selina are enjoying one night together before Batman has to take Catwoman to jail for some 200 murders that she may or not have committed. Even with this hanging in the balance, the reader's focus is right here, right now on this night between these two people.
You know what's beautiful about Batman #15?
It's that Tom King actually had me tricked for a moment that the Cat was not going to run. Seriously, through everything that DC Comics, Batman and any writer that has controlled Gotham's Dark Knight, I should have known that she was going to bolt.
That's just plain-out great storytelling by this team.
Also, just because this page is amazing:
Rating: 9.5/10 You know what? No matter the character, whether a well-known favorite or new piece to the fold, Tom King and Mitch Gerads keep you invested in the story at hand in Batman #15. You're not thinking about the past or what always happens, you're focusing on the night that Batman and Catwoman share.