Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #21

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson
Letters – Dezi Sienty

Falcone is getting out of Blackgate and extradited back to Hong Kong, much to the dissatisfaction of Batman. After having a chat with the man, Batman realizes that there is something and someone much larger in play in Gotham, and he means to get to the bottom of it – much like he always does. Meanwhile, Lt. Jason Bard has just had a promotion and is the new Commissioner, something which should have been done a while ago. Batman, of course, does not fully trust him as of yet, even if they get along a little better than they used to. Alfred and Julia have a chat back at the manor when there is a break-in that features the return of a fan-favourite character, finds Alfred assaulted with the issue than leaving off on a big cliff-hanger as well as a surprise that will mean readers will be left wondering what is in store in the coming issues. Much like Future’s End, this book really upped its game with the current issue which was a joy to see and to read. With the home invasion at Wayne Manor, it seemed like the book was over and when it was not, it was expected that the actual ending would not live up to that big character reveal. Yet, beyond all expectations, the book would leave off on a most intriguing conclusion, one that almost seemed choreographed from the very beginning of the series, but in the end, really came off as a shock. Also in the book, James Gordon is sentenced to sit in Blackgate for the rest of his life as he has been found guilty – something that one could not think would come to pass and whether the evidence that Batgirl and company gained will make a difference whatsoever, remains to be seen. This particular issue of Batman Eternal was definitely one of the best of the run up until this point with great action, drama, artwork, and writing with revelations and more to enchant its readers.

4.5 out of 5

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