Comics

Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #1

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson
Letters – Nick J. Napolitano

A rookie cop by the name of Bard has come to Gotham for a job at Gordon’s request. As he is arriving, Gordon and Batman are battling a villain named Pyg and his thugs who are causing the usual death and destruction which can be found in Gotham. Chasing one of the suspects down into the subway, Gordon shoots at him, or through him and supposedly causes two trains to collide head-on with Batman and everyone else unable to stop them. Bard then makes his first arrest, which just so happens to be Jim Gordon. This was a decent enough book with the introduction of a new character and a whole lot of action to carry the story along and as most would say, better to start off with a bang. Pyg is a disinteresting bad guy, to say the least, and removing him from the equation and just having random street thugs would not have made the slightest bit of difference. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV do a good job and set the book up for what looks to be a large story to come and make it somewhat interesting by having Gordon set up to take a fall, for what else could it really be. Moving forward will be the true test and to see if they can keep Gordon off the board and give Batman a big enough mystery that will keep him occupied for the fifty-two issues that this book is to comprise. As a weekly book, it will be intriguing to see if DC and company can keep the quality up and keep it consistent at the same time. It is not the first time that DC has done a weekly book and as recent ones will show, it is a lot harder than it seems with them usually bringing on an exceptionally large amount of artists to make sure it stays on schedule. Hopefully, that does not happen here and they can keep it at least somewhat consistent so as not to put readers off. As a first chapter it was good, but nothing that readers have not seen before, at least for the most part but given the creative team, one can only assume that it will get better.

3.5 out of 5

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