Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #2

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

The second issue of Batman’s weekly book by DC finds word of what happened in the subway spreading to Robin and Batgirl and the general public at large. Can Jim Gordon recover from all of this and can he prove that he is innocent of the allegations directed towards him? Catwoman makes an appearance as does it seem, Jim Corrigan, the Spectre, which will make the book quite interesting in coming issues. Whether it be the Wrath of God himself or just the detective, anything featuring Corrigan is worth a read no matter what title he appears in. As it is, an old foe also returns which is looking like he was probably behind the whole train mess and would prove that Batman’s faith in Gordon is correct, not that he would have ever thought otherwise of his old friend. The art by Jason Fabok is still quite fantastic in this book and with it being so detailed and looking so good, he must have gotten a fair bit of lead time to work on it as each page just pops for the eye. The elements of the book and the story are improved from the first issue as there are no common thugs and no sub-par villains present, a strange thing to say for a Batman book but true nonetheless. As for Batman, he does a fair bit of detective work, the man not only looking to clear his friend of the crimes set against him but needing to know who was responsible for each and every death that occurred. Batgirl makes a wee appearance, the mayor has no idea what to do and looks like he might be taking advice from someone he should not and Gotham as a whole is shook from the incident, another disaster for a city in a long line of them. For those that might have jumped ship after the first issue as it could not exactly be called a barnburner, it might have been a bit premature as it looks like the book has some big stuff planned for the future. Great stuff by all involved.

4 out of 5

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