Mind Capsules – Batman Eternal #4 and Batman Eternal #5

Batman Eternal #4

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Time Seeley
Artist – Dustin Nguyen
Inker – Derek Fridolfs
Colours – John Kalisz

Commissioner Gordon finally gets to court, at least for pretrial motions and it is decided that he is a flight risk and should be held over in Blackgate Prison.  Not a very nice prospect and Barbara, Batgirl, is a little peeved about it.  It is good to see Batgirl doing something about Gordon’s predicament and being pro-active as Batman, so far, has seemed to be merely reacting as things are happening so fast.  Batman does go and confront Falcone about his actions and they do trade a little banter with Bats eventually leaving it with a veiled threat instead of any real action.  Stephanie Brown makes another appearance giving her mom a call and not realizing that she literally has no one to trust now.  It was good to see her again, but hopefully she gets a meatier part as the book goes on.  The artwork by Nguyen is solid and while not as detailed as Jason Fabok’s, it has a cleaner look to it.  The book ends with Gordon in prison and it looks as if he is not going to have an easy time of it.  The story is decent overall, and even though it is a weekly series, a little more action would have been appreciated.

3.5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #5

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Time Seeley
Artist – Andy Clarke
Colours – Blond

Red Robin joins the book investigating the children that were involved in Pyg’s assault during the first issue.  He has found that they were infected with something before that fateful event and ties it back to one building in the Narrows.  Batman thinks the two of them should be working together, probably because he is not really getting anywhere on his own at the moment.  Red Robin gives him a little bit of a hard time about it, but knows Batman can help and thus gives it up.  Vicki Vale enters the picture and starts her investigation, coincidentally enough, in the Narrows.  Things do not go as planned for our reporter or for our hero, Red Robin that is, as the kids were infected with nanobots.  How these nanobots tie into everything remains to be seen, but they bear a passing resemblance to Brother Eye/the Omacs which are also a part of Future’s End, DC’s second weekly series.  Whether the two books are also tied together has not been made apparent, but should they be, it will be interesting to see how Snyder and company make it so.  This was a decent issue, but one that introduces more plot threads to the ongoing web already present in the book when we do not necessarily need them.  At least for the moment.

3.5 out of 5

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