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Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #14

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson
Letters – Carlos M. Mangual

Jason Fabok makes his return to artistic duties on the New 52’s first weekly as some storylines wrap up and more mysteries are made apparent. While there have been many great artists on the book, the man’s very detailed pencils depicting the various heroes and villains of this story seem to make it pop more than most. As it is, the Penguin has had enough of hiding and Falcone has had enough of the Penguin and when they finally face off against each other, they both get arrested by Lt. Bard and his crew. Suffice it to say, that showdown will take place again at some point in time as neither man likes to show weakness. Batman makes an appearance to see Gordon and give him a pep talk and also to make sure he does not use the escape route his son planned out for him. If there is one thing that will make things worse, it is that. In addition to all of that, there is a little furtherance to the Arkham story and Joker’s Daughter shows her face as well. This was an exceptional issue in the line so far as it finally wrapped up some plot threads, though it did start a couple more in the doing of it. It was good to see the team of writers tie up the Falcone story in a single issue, for now at least, and that they did it so neatly. Lt. Bard, with every passing issue, becomes a more and more complex character and it is great to see his development happening as fast as it is, as well as becoming an integral part of the Batman universe. If there is one character to keep an eye on, it is him. The truly wonderful artwork by Fabok who was the first artist to draw the book goes hand-in-hand with the great story that is being told which is good to see. Also nice to see was another little appearance by Harper Row who is starting to become somewhat of a fixture in the book, though what part she will ultimately play remains to be seen, something that is sure to be made clear soon enough given how things have been going.

4 out of 5

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