This issue Gordon gets to do all the detecting and Batman gets to beat people up. Actually, Batman teams up with Alan Scott and they go beat people up together. They’re trying to get information and don’t get much. Gordon’s actual detective work pays off.
While, yes, Batman probably could have done the work in five minutes on the Batcomputer… the point of the issue is how Brubaker plays him off Alan Scott. Bruce admires the Golden Age Green Lantern, looking up to him as an ideal example of a hero. When the conversation turns to methods, it gets a little more complex, but Brubaker’s observations about Bruce are fantastic.
Great art from Zircher and Sowd too.
The backup, from Rick Spears and Rob G., is a nice day in the life of a Gotham City dog catcher. It’s a nice mix of urban reality and Batman strangeness. Good art.
Made of Wood, Part Two; writer, Ed Brubaker; penciller, Patrick Zircher; inker, Aaron Sowd; colorist, Jason Wright; letterer, Todd Klein; editors, Michael Wright and Bob Schreck. The Dogcatcher, Part One; writer, Rick Spears; artist, Rob G.; colorist, Guy Major; letterer, Janice Chiang; editor, Matt Idelson. Publisher, DC Comics.