Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #15

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Dustin Nguyen
Inker – Derek Fridolfs
Colours – John Kalisz

Batwing and Jim Corrigan, also known as the Spectre, finally make their return to the book as they investigate the strange goings-on in Arkham Asylum. Seems the place is full of mystical nastiness and even though Jim warns Batwing to go, he stays because he knows he has to. Red Robin is set to start his investigation in Tokyo and Harper Row decides to help out wearing a blue Grifter mask. Batgirl and the Red Hood are doing their investigation in the meantime when Batwoman makes her presence known. Bats and Bard make up as well in this book, which is pretty quick after their previous argument and one has to immediately wonder just how long this little truce will last. There is a lot going on in this issue, which, being packed full of storylines makes it worth it and never seems to be confusing. It is nice to see Corrigan and Batwing make their return to the supernaturally infected Arkham Asylum and given the history of the place, who knows just how dangerous it will end up being. How Joker’s Daughter plays into all this still remains to be seen but will most likely be revealed in time, though at the moment, she is the least interesting part of everything that is going on. A villain is revealed at the end of the book that appears to be somebody new, the creators making things a little bit intriguing. He has an interesting name and must have something to do with what is going on at the Asylum but just what it is and where he came from has yet to be shown. This was a good issue and it was nice to see that the writers had not forgotten the mystical detective whom they had introduced to the title some time back amongst all the various plot threads they have been weaving.

3.5 out of 5

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