I’ve finally finished the first issue and have named my primary new character. You’ll meet him near the end. Onwards to issue 2.
Page 1 (3 Panels)
Panel 1 Full Page shot of Batman crouched on a building
gargoyle peering through a pair of high-tech night vision
Caption Gotham City after midnight, when the worst of
the worst crawl out of their holes…
Looks like they’re almost done
unloading, but where is Two-Face?
Panel 2 Inset shot of startled men who were offloading an
armored car from the perspective of Batman’s optics.
Panel 3 Inset of Batman touching the right ear of his
Batman to Robin, status report.
Still observing the side entrance,
but I know what this is about, and
no, I didn’t move prematurely.
Page 2 (4 Panels)
Panel 1 Quarter Page Closeup of Batman squinting over his
I don’t like it, Robin. Sit tight
and observe. We need to figure out
what’s going on now, before we
Sure thing, boss.
Panel 2 Quarter Page Over the shoulder shot of Batman
viewing the street below, with large numbers of GCPD squad
cars coming towards him.
Robin, GCPD inbound. They could be
heading into some kind of trap.
Intercept and stop them.
Batman, you better get over here…
Panel 3 Bottom Left Thin inset of the grappling gun
Panel 4 Remainder of bottom of page shot of Batman
swinging around the building.
Page 3 (3 panels)
Panel 1 Half page aerial shot of ground beneath Batman.
Two-Face is shackled and sitting on top of a military
grade weapons crate. Several more of Two-Face’s men are
shackled together in groups of 4, their backs to each
other. Robin is standing there, staring at Two-Face.
Panel 2 Quarter Page of Batman landing next to Robin
Robin, I told you to…
Panel 3 Quarter Page shot of Batman, Robin, and a battered
and bloody Two-Face together.
Save it. I didn’t do any of this.
He sure didn’t, Bats. At first, I
thought it was you, but couldn’t
have been. Moved too fast, like it
was you, 15 years ago.
Page 4 (5 Panels)
Panel 1 Quarter Page shot of Batman, Robin and Two-Face
from a different angle than before.
Faster than you, hit harder than
you, but shared your flair for
theatrics. Smoke bombs, guys
disappear into thin air, guys being
hung upside down by their ankles,
Hehe, looks like somebody’s
muscling in on your justice
business. Ain’t that rich.
Panel 2 Quarter Page shot of Batman and Robin
He’s not wrong. I got him on
camera. He dropped off the weapons
crate, and Dent and his boys before
His exit was exactly like yours in
every respect, but he’s certainly a
lot stronger than you. Look…
Panel 3 1/3rd width shot of a video display built into the
top of Robin’s binoculars showing a figure in all black,
no cape, with Dent slung over his shoulder, dragging the
weapons crate with his other arm, and a line strapped to
his back by which he’s dragging a cluster of 4 of Harvey’s
goons behind him.
Panel 4 1/3rd width shot of figure grappling away from a
now seated Two-Face.
Panel 5 1/3rd width shot looking up at Batman from Robin’s
screen’s perspective, Batman awash in the screen’s glow.
Hmm… possible unknown metahuman?
Page 5 (3 Panels)
Panel 1 Half page wide panel of GCPD showing up and
getting out of their squad cars.
Panel 2 Quarter page crane shot of Jim Gordon walking up
to Batman, Robin, and Two-Face.
Nice work as always, Batman. We can
take it from here.
Panel 3 Quarter page shot over Batman’s shoulder looking
at Commissioner Gordon.
I didn’t do this one, Jim.
We’ve gotta talk.
Page 6 (4 Panels)
Panel 1 Quarter page shot of Batman over Jim Gordon’s
shoulder. Second bubble can overlap into Panel 2.
Robin caught him on camera. He was
here before we arrived. Took out
Two-Face and his henchman by
himself faster than Robin and I
could have done it together.
Strong, too. Carried Harvey on one
shoulder, the weapons crate with
the other arm and dead dragged 4
full grown men before grappling
Panel 2 Quarter page closeup of Gordon looking thoughtful.
You’re thinking metahuman? If it is
he’s an unknown. Should we contact
Panel 3 Quarter page closeup of Batman looking determined.
Hold off on involving them. We
don’t really know enough about this
guy right now. Give me some time
and I’ll track him down and figure
out what his game is.
Panel 4 Quarter page aerial shot of Batman grappling away
Be careful, Batman.
Page 7 (2 panels)
Panel 1 Half page wide shot of the Bat Cave. Batmobile is
on the rotating platform far right foreground. Center is a
cowl-less Batman, in his handsome but graying Bruce Wayne
guise, sitting at the Bat Computer with the image of the
mystery figure’s display of strength up on screen. Upper
left we see Damian Wayne in civilian attire walking up the
stairs towards Wayne Manor. Far left, at the base of the
stairs we see Alfred carrying a tray with a domed cover
over a dish and a coffee pot and cup.
Panel 2 Half page wide shot, bracketing Alfred setting the
tray next to Batman on the Bat Computer console with Bruce
staring at the screen, lost in thought.
Who’s the chap who shares your
extreme Gothic fashion sense,
I don’t know, Alfred. This is the
first we’ve seen of him, and he
could have cost us the collar on
Page 8 (4 panels)
Panel 1 Quarter page shot of Batman typing at the Bat
I’m cross referencing the physical
attributes and estimated strength
levels of this person across all
metahumans cataloged over the last
year by Star Labs to see if he is
truly an unknown.
I’m also getting in touch with my
contacts in Asia and seeing if the
League of Assassins has trained any
new members recently possessing
great physical strength.
Panel 2 Quarter page shot looking up at Alfred from over
Batman’s shoulder. Alfred has removed the domed cover for
the dish, revealing club sandwich and fries.
Are you saying this person is an
He fights like me, and he would
have had to have years of very
specialized training. Training the
League could provide.
Panel 3 Quarter page shot of Alfred pouring coffee for
Stronger than you and trained like
you. Sounds like this could be a
big problem for you.
I need to figure out his game
before I can stop it.
Panel 4 Quarter page shot of Batman sipping his coffee and
Alfred leaning up against the console of the Bat Computer
Stop it? I was merely insinuating
he would cut into your revenge
business. What makes you think he
has nefarious designs?
It’s justice, Alfred, not revenge.
And if you didn’t know me and I
suddenly showed up in your
neighborhood you’d be cautious too.
Page 9 (3 panels)
Panel 1 Quarter page shot of Alfred with the seated Batman
in the foreground.
Will there be anything else before
I retire, Master Bruce?
No thank you, Alfred. Goodnight.
Panel 2 Quarter page shot from over the seated Batman’s
shoulder as Alfred makes his way to the foot of the
Leave the dishes, I’ll tidy up in
Panel 3 Half page wide shot of the Bat Cave, Alfred is
dimly lit climbing the stairs back to Wayne Manor, the
rest of the Bat Cave is dark save a spotlight on Batman,
hard at work on the Bat Computer.
Page 10 (3 panels, two page spread)
Panel 1 Two page spread of the exterior of Wayne Manor,
with Batman as Bruce Wayne and Damien Wayne sitting down
for breakfast on the veranda at an umbrella covered table.
Alfred is placing plates on the table. Damien is busy with
a tablet device.
I found the dishes in the drying
rack, Master Bruce. Totally
unnecessary but thank you.
It’s only considerate.
Hey Bruce, looks like our friend
was busy last night. Check out this
article from the Gotham City
Panel 2 Closeup Inset lower left of Damien’s tablet.
Headline reads “Mystery Vigilante Responsible for the
Arrests of Three of Batman’s ‘Rogue’s Gallery'”
After he grabbed Two-Face he
apparently nabbed Penguin and
Scarecrow exchanging Fear Toxin for
cash and weapons.
Panel 3 Closeup inset of Batman, in his Bruce guise, his
eyes narrowed in anger and frustration.
He does good work, I’ll give him
that, but that meeting wasn’t
supposed to go down until
tonight… when we were planning to
break it up.
Page 11 (Continuation of Panel 1 from previous page)
Page 12 (4 panels)
Panel 1 Quarter page shot of Batman standing up at the
table and handing a still seated Damien back his tablet
with Alfred pouring Damien some juice.
I have to go see Lucius. Get
opinion on this new vigilante and
Panel 2 Quarter page shot of Alfred and Damian at the
table with Batman walking away in the background.
Guess that means normal patrol
Speaking of normal, eat quickly.
You need to get moving or you’ll be
late for class.
Panel 3 Quarter page shot over the shoulder of Alfred
who’s peering down at the circular driveway of Wayne Manor
as a Lamborghini followed by a BMW sedan drive off.
Panel 4 Quarter page shot of a smiling Alfred outside of
Wayne Manor, climbing into a Bentley as a couple of members
of the Wayne Manor staff wave.
Page 13 (1 panel)
Panel 1 Tilt up shot from base of Wayne Tower up to the
penthouse office far in the distance.
Good morning Bruce! I got your
e-mail this morning but I wasn’t
expecting to see you.
Page 14 (3 panels)
Panel 1 Half page wide shot of Lucius’ office. Lucius is
standing behind the desk as Bruce is walking across the
spacious office towards the guest chair in front of the
What brings you here this early?
This new vigilante has beat me to
the punch on two current cases. I
need to know how and why.
Panel 2 Quarter page medium shot of Lucius typing at his
computer terminal at his desk.
I already started digging into what
evidence the new guy provided to
GCPD to go with their arrest of
Harvey, like you asked. And kudos
to this guy, he’s as thorough as
Panel 3 Quarter page medium shot of Lucius and Batman at
the desk, with Lucius having rotated his monitor so that
Batman could see it.
Do me a favor. Open the folder
Hmm… the file sizes are the same.
Page 15 (4 panels)
Panel 1 Quarter page panel of Batman handing a small thumb
drive to Lucius.
Run a file compare with the audio
on this drive.
Panel 2 Closeup of Lucius, from desk height up, from
behind and to the side of his computer terminal. His face
Identical… even down to the
hidden watermark I built into the
save feature of the Bat Computer.
How could he get in?
Panel 3 Quarter page medium shot of Batman and Lucius at
While the Bat Computer is one of
the most secure computers on the
planet, it’s not exactly foolproof.
Panel 4 Quarter page medium shot of Batman and Lucius at
the desk from a different angle.
I built in a back door, in case
somebody unauthorized gained
control of the Bat Cave and somehow
directly hacked the Bat Computer.
It was a precaution against
Page 16 (3 panels)
Panel 1 Quarter page medium shot of Lucius frantically
typing at the terminal.
I’m accessing the back door now.
There it is. There’s a slow bleed
signal outbound from the backdoor
as we speak. Tracing the
Panel 2 Quarter page medium shot of Batman opening a
secret door in the wall of Lucius’ office.
I’m heading to the sub-level.
When you get into the car, I’ll
beam the trace signal directly to
your nav unit.
Panel 3 Half page wide profile shot of Batman in full gear
in the Batmobile from inside the cockpit, his outfit awash
in myriad colored lights from all the displays, gauges,
I’ve narrowed the location of the
signal to somewhere in Old Gotham.
On my way.
17 (2 Panels)
1 Half page wide shot of Old Gotham, it’s run down buildings piercing the
gloomy gray sky like the bones of a long dead corpse, with the Batmobile
tearing down the dirty streets.
signal is coming from beneath the vacant building at 1347 East Racine Street.
Half page shot of Batmobile pulled to the curb with the canopy closing and
Batman standing next to it touching his right ear.
blocks from there now. Proceeding on foot.
Page 18 (4 Panels)
Panel 1 Quarter page panel of Batman
peering into the building through a broken window.
Panel 2 Quarter page panel of Batman in
the shadows (with red eyes, indicating Night Vision is active) with his back to
the wall standing next to an open doorway.
has stopped. Whatever they were doing is finished.
Panel 3 Quarter page panel of Batman
kneeling at the top of the stairs looking down into the stairwell. There’s dilapidated sign on the wall saying,
Panel 4 Quarter page panel of Batman
listening at a closed door that has light coming from beneath it.
Panel 1 Thin panel, half page height,
one quarter page width.
Panel 2 Remaining 3/4 of the half page
panel. Wide shot of a two-level machine room with boiler, HVAC machinery, duct
works, pipes, etc.. Narrow gantry all the way around the upper section with a dark
figure standing at the far right in the foreground, holding a cable that
appears to have just been unplugged from a socket in a very technical looking junction
box the wall. Other cables snake down
from the junction box and run into a technical looking box with a collapsible
antenna dish on the top. BATMAN is on
the far left in the background in a fighting stance in the darkened doorway,
amid the smashed ruins of the basement door.
Panel 3 Quarter page panel shot from BATMAN’S
point-of-view looking towards SHEPHERD who is in the opposite corner of the
basement from him. SHEPHERD is facing the camera.
expecting you. I’m surprised it wasn’t
Panel 4 Quarter page panel shot from
SHEPHERD’s point-of-view looking towards BATMAN in the doorway.
you are, your game ends… now!
Page 20 (4 Panels)
Half page wide shot of BATMAN hurling a flight of three batarangs across the
basement towards SHEPHERD.
Panel 2 Inset, left-side of panel 1
shot. Closeup of BATMAN’s snarling face.
Panel 3 Inset, right-side of panel 1
shot. Closeup of SHEPHERD’s eyes narrowing.
Panel 4 Half page wide shot with BATMAN
in foreground on left with SHEPHERD in the background ducking beneath the
stream of batarangs that have embedded in the wall above him while launching
his own salvo of three plain chevron shaped shuriken, like batarangs but
without any discernable motif.
Page 21 (3 Panels)
Panel 1 Half page wide shot of SHEPHERD
in the foreground on the right, with BATMAN dodging to the left. Two of SHEPHERD’s
three shuriken are embedded in the wall behind BATMAN. The last one is embedded
in the wall with a shred of cloth hanging from it. BATMAN’s cape is torn in one spot.
Panel 2 Inset tight shot of SHEPHERD’s
shuriken ripping through BATMAN’s cape.
Panel 3 Half page wide shot of both BATMAN
and SHEPHERD springing off the gantry railing, hurling themselves towards each
Page 22 and 23 (2 Panels)
Panel 1 Two page spread of the floor of
the machine room/basement. BATMAN on the
right and SHEPHERD on left, facing each other in crouched fighting stances.
Panel 2 Inset closeup of BATMAN’s
face. The jaw is starting to bruise and
blood seeps from the corner of his mouth.