Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #19

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Emanuel Simeoni
Colours – Blond
Letters – Taylor Esposito

Down in Brazil, Batgirl has been hypnotized and is out to take Red Hood and Batwoman down, believing that they are someone else. Batman, Lt. Bard and Killer Croc are still in the sewers searching for the missing teens from the previous issue and Red Robin and Harper Row are in Japan looking to get her some training. This was a fairly decent issue from the creative team with some exceptional fight scenes between Batgirl and Red Hood. Batwoman as it is keeps proving why she is one of the best characters in the Batman family of titles with her take-charge attitude and is a standout during those moments she appears in the book. The Killer Croc storyline is shaping up to be fairly good so far even though it has barely begun and it does a great job of making readers eager to see where it goes. It would be nice to gain a little more traction on the Red Robin and Harper Row plot as a page here or there in the previous books are not doing it any favours though one has to know that their time will come as it has for most of the rest of the cast. Coming on board for artistic duties is Emanuel Simeoni. The art is detailed yet looks a little rough at the same time and gives it a grim type of feeling for most of the issue which actually suits the book and the subject matter. As a whole, the writers have been doing a great job on the book with the way they have been sticking to certain plots, moving them along at a good pace before continuing on with others and it is nice to see them trying to resolve some before introducing too many others. This was not the best of the run but it is chugging along quite consistently with some interesting stories.

3.5 out of 5

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