Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #31

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes
Artist – Fernando Pasarin
Inker – Matt Ryan
Colours – Blond
Letters – Taylor Esposito

The aftermath of Arkham’s collapse starts here with the escapees making their way to the surface. Mr. Freeze leads the way with Clayface and Zsasz following close behind, killing police and firemen with Batman coming in to save the day, much like he always does. Deep down, underneath the rubble, Bane rescues Alfred for personal reasons but soon finds that Alfred is a little wilier than he would have thought. There is a whole lot of action going on in this issue of Batman Eternal and the creative team pulls out all the stops to deliver a very solid book, better than most. The best segment of the book of course, are the moments between Bane and Alfred, an odd couple to say the least. Most people tend to forget that Alfred used to be a soldier and a very good one at that, so to see him in action here, which is a rare occasion in itself, was truly great to see. Surprisingly, Bane was not as psychotic as he usually is, perhaps because his self-preservation was kicking in and he knew he needed Alfred, at least for a little while and so Alfred would find himself with a somewhat toned-down villain. Everyone also knows that Batman is a master tactician and the writers put that aspect of Batman front and center as he deals with the escaped inmates as well as the GCPD. Additionally, the book also sports a little Hush and a little Spoiler which combined with our costumed crime-fighter, should make for a fun little meet-up in the next issue. The writers of this series continue to do an excellent job and while some issues are better than others, much like this one was, one can never say they are all that bad. As for the artwork, Fernando Pasarin does an excellent job with the material, the man perfectly suited to the dark world of Gotham and its inhabitants. Perhaps when all is said and done, the city of Gotham will not end up being quite so dark, the sun able to shine through with a little respite for its citizens.

4.5 out of 5

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