Bruce hypnotized himself into forgetting he was Batman so that he could convince Hugo Strange he wasn’t Batman. I love Tim’s face as he deals with “Brucie;” so not impressed. Dick and Bruce try to track down Strange, who is posing as Batman. Tim has the idea to let Catwoman (it’s not really her, just an imposter) “capture” them and bring them exactly where they want to be.
Tim’s conversation with Strange is very interesting. He’s somewhat stalling, but in the process reiterates his thoughts about not wanting to be Batman. It’s an interesting perspective.
We also find out in this issue that Bruce has instated a kind of pecking order in case of a hostage or overly dangerous situation. Dick’s first priority is to protect Tim, even if it means Bruce’s death. Unfortunately in this circumstance Bruce isn’t really himself, so Dick ends up leaving Tim to save himself. As Dick puts it, he did everything right. I love the brotherly pride and affection.
Also, I love Tim’s reaction to finding out that Bruce hypnotized himself; not offended at the lack of trust, not betrayed—“That’s awesome!”
Gotham Knights 11