CREDITS: Written by Ty Templeton; art by Brandon Kruse and Rick Burchett.
REVIEW: Wow, a rare - even VERY rare - Batman story without a "name" villain in it. The comics haven't done a lot of those. (Croc's in one panel, but that's it.) And yet they've often been among the best of the animated series. The story of a small-time hood with a grudge against the Bat for repeatedly beating him must be common in Gotham City, but "Dagger" Dixon is more reflective than most, and so his story of too-late a repentance, and too-late an acceptance of Batman as a force of nature (or urban justice, given his stories) is one worth telling, and worth teaching.
While you're reading a tale of revenge, it doesn't occur to you, just as it doesn't to the inmate being told the story, that the Batman tattoo might mean something other than part of a villainous fixation. Dixon doesn't seem the type to learn a lesson. He's rather the guy who has no respect for the law, and no qualms about turning on a friend or ally if it suits his purpose. And yet...
And nice, street action throughout, with good use of environments, solid art, and nice atmospheric colors from Linda Medley who is becoming more subtle with her acid color washes.