Batman and Gotham’s New Commissioner Are Finally Working Together
In Batman #113, the Dark Knight and the new commissioner of Gotham City have finally started working together to combat Scarecrow’s Fear State.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Batman #113 by James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
With the Scarecrow’s plans to enact the fear state in motion, Batman must call on all the allies he can for help. This includes the ones who technically have been working against him, such as Renee Montoya. She took up the police commissioner job because she was a trusted officer and could be expected to uphold the law. For the last few months, Montoya has been upholding Mayor Nakano’s anti-vigilante policies, even as she watched the situation slowly begin to fall apart. However, in Batman #113 (by James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles), she and the Dark Knight finally agree to work together to save the day.
Montoya has witnessed the once trusted law-enforcement of Gotham be reduced to underfunded backup for the Magistrate in the wake of Nakano’s authorization of Simon Saint’s pet project. But things only went from bad to worse when the Magistrate, having lost control of Peacekeeper-01, enacted a communications blackout to seize control of the narrative and prevent their incompetence from being exposed.
To make matters worse, a false Oracle began spreading misinformation and panic all across the city, feeding the fear of the citizens of Gotham City. This left Montoya with no help from the Magistrate and no means of contacting official help from the outside.
In this dark hour, Batman approached the new commissioner, and they both realized that the city was on the brink of disaster and they needed to work together. Montoya had never mistrusted Batman, but she had also gone along with Mayor Nakano’s plan to outlaw masked vigilantes out of respected for the law. She seems to have since realized that she needs more help to deal with the current situation than she can get through entirely legal means.
The two collaborated, and Batman brought Montoya up to date on all he had discovered about Simon Saint’s alliance with Scarecrow, the Unsanity Collective being used as scapegoats, and Peacekeeper-01’s rogue status. Montoya asked Batman to gather concrete evidence of his claims, a witness from the Unsanity Collective, and to bring the peacekeeper into police custody so that she could have grounds to dispatch the GCPD.
This is the first time in months that anyone in a legal position in Gotham City agreed to help Batman. And it’s extremely fortunate Renee Montoya was in the position to work with Batman. Montoya has always been good at handling the dangers that frequent Gotham City. She was one of the many police officers to stay behind and help maintain order following an earthquake that devastated Gotham City, and she worked alongside Dick Grayson when he became Batman.
Although Montoya respects and abides by the law, she also knows that it can’t always save the day alone. The city is about to descend into chaos and the only way to stop it is to work with Batman. But as she’s already made clear, she wants to do this right, with evidence and a due process for those involved.
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