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Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #22

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins
Artist – Jorge Lucas
Colours – Brett Smith
Letters – Dezi Sienty

A man named The Architect wants to bring down Beacon Tower. By doing so, The Architect will kill hundreds of people if successful. Batman not only has to make sure but plans to make sure that he does not, one way or another. At the mansion, Julia Pennyworth is trying to get a hold of Bruce so that he might visit Alfred in the hospital when she discovers the Batcave which comes as a bit of a shock to her. When Batman finally is able to contact the cave and realizes that it is not Alfred he is speaking to, he too is shocked, to say the least, and so is Julia as each of these new discoveries would floor most people. So it is though, if Batman is to stop The Architect, he and Julia are going to have to work together no matter how awkward or strange it might seem. This was another great issue in the weekly adventures of Batman with a nice cliff-hanger ending that was perhaps a little predictable if one had read the previous issue but still exciting nonetheless. It has been quite remarkable seeing the title narrow its focus over the past number of issues as at one point there were a lot of plot threads running simultaneously fighting for room in the book. This particular issue only featured two of them, that of Batman doing his thing and trying to stop the insanity in the city and that of Alfred and his daughter. Eternal has also been upping the ante as well in the storytelling department as the last few issues have been incredibly suspenseful and action-packed, making for a book that is both fast-paced and captivating – not an easy thing to do with a weekly but with a creative team like this one, they definitely have an edge. Altogether, for a book that came out every week, the quality is impressive and it definitely makes one want to keep coming back for more.

4 out of 5

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