Credits: Chuck Dixon (writer), Barry Kitson (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), John Costanza (letterer), Adrienne Roy (colorist)
Summary: Detective Montoya is left to guard a frozen body that’s been taken to the morgue. The body unexpectedly comes to life, pursuing her and the coroner, Colleen. Batman overhears the gunshots nearby and enters the morgue. They soon discover the body is Mr. Freeze, who is hiding in one of the refrigerated rooms. Batman defeats him, but has to be stopped by Montoya before killing Mr. Freeze.
- I believe this is the first time Renee Montoya appears as a detective, unless her promotion occurred in a story not reprinted in the Knightfall trades.
- Mr. Freeze was apparently left a frozen slab after a confrontation with the Joker. I believe this is a reference to one of the original Robin miniseries.
Review: The attempt to make Jean-Paul slightly more likable last issue is walked back, as he stands idly by and lets a couple get mugged while Christmas shopping. They needed to be taught a lesson about “the jungle,” you see. This does work, as a quick scene meant to establish just how cold and un-heroic Jean-Paul can be, I just wonder if everyone was on the same page regarding how Jean-Paul should act, of if he’s intentionally written as erratic. Anyway, this issue is essentially a horror story, using Mr. Freeze as a stand-in for Alien. It’s a decent change of pace from most of the recent issues, although I don’t think Barry Kitson’s art lends itself to horror. Mr. Freeze is also a dull villain at this stage, as his animated series revamp has yet to make its way into the comics.