Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #20

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

Batgirl is hunting Dr. Falsario through the rain forest in Brazil as he is the man responsible for Gordon having the visions which got him into so much trouble while back in Gotham’s sewers; Batman, Killer Croc and Lt. Bard are confronting a man named Reardon over some kidnappings when he opens up an interdimensional portal which is not good for anybody. Over at Blackgate, the riot is still going on when Gordon who is trying to help out, gets some unexpected aid himself. The book also leaves off on an ending that is sure to make some fans quite happy and hopefully as it features Stephanie Brown, starts to further that particular plot thread as it has been stewing for long enough. This issue was a vast improvement over the last, not just because there was a bit more action, it just seemed to move the stories along, as well as conclude a couple of those storylines much quicker than usual. The issue would really keep the reader’s attention and make them wonder just how Gordon is going to get out of all of this and even more specifically how long it is going to take as that is the one plot thread that seems to keep running no matter how many others are introduced within the book. Emanuel Simeoni’s artwork is also vastly improved from the last issue and it looks fantastic, packed full of energy which is exactly what this issue needed. It is both gritty and dynamic in most of the scenes and keeps one’s eyes glued to the page as the story unfolds. Weekly books are hard and yet, if every issue could be like this one, this book would definitely be in a much better place. As it is, one has to give kudos to the writers and the rest of the creative team for doing what they do as Batman Eternal, even at its worst, still remains a good read, if not a great one given issues like this.

4 out of 5

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