Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #8

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artist – Guillem March
Colours – Tomeu Morey
Letters – Steve Wands

Batman is cleaning up Falcone’s cronies off the streets, yet now that the GCPD has been corrupted from the top, none of those men have been arrested properly and thus, despite Bullock and Bard wanting to do what is right, the criminals are essentially set free. It does not make Batman happy, nor the detectives who realize that maybe something needs to be done. Stephanie Brown is still having a hard time of it on the streets and the new commissioner has set a trap for Bats that he intends to set off to prove his theory about the corruption at the GCPD, something already seen in this book. This was a fairly quick read, jam-packed with action and suspense from the esteemed team of writers who keep moving this book along with a fairly decent pace on any given issue one might pick up. Stephanie Brown was only shown for an instant which was a shame as her story is quite interesting but knowing there are a lot of moving pieces, it was understandable. Guillem March does a good job, though some of the previous artists were perhaps a better suit for the title and it would be nice to see them return. Also good to see was the continuation of the main story, or at least what seems to be, with the return of Falcone though no Jim Gordon. Ultimately, what would be nice to see happen in this book would be a resolution to a few of the storylines, or at least a little more progression and have them all come together to make it a little more cohesive. As it is, an exciting issue and one that also sees the destruction of the Bat-Signal, not the first time to see as such and more than likely, not the last.

4 out of 5

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