Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #5

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Time Seeley
Artist – Andy Clarke
Colours – Blond
Letters – Nick J. Napolitano

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. That being said, the book ends with a bit of action as Red Robin has to fight off the nanobots and he does just that. With everything going on, there were some things that were obviously not able to appear in the book such as Penguin or Falcone or Gordon, Batgirl or Spoiler which tells readers just how big this story is going to be, despite already knowing that it is going to be fifty-two issues long. This was a decent issue, filled with not only action but intrigue and a bit of Bat-family drama and it is also one that introduces more plot threads to the ongoing web already present in the book, making things just a little more complicated than they probably need to be. One has to appreciate just how well a job the team that assembles this book has done and it is hopeful that they can keep the quality up the longer that it goes on, not to mention providing a bit of resolution to at least a plot or two before the waters are too muddied.

3.5 out of 5

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