Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #33

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson
Letters – Steve Wands

Hush and Jason Bard essentially ruined whatever reputation Batman had in Gotham last issue and they continue to do the same in this one as well. After causing a number of people to lose their lives including a number of GCPD officers by blowing up one of Batman’s many hidden caches around the city, it is now a race against the clock until yet another one does the same. To say that there is a fair amount of suspense in this issue would be quite accurate as the writers of the book take the reader on a fairly wild ride through Gotham following Batman and Julia Pennyworth as they race to destroy the caches or as many as they are able. One thing that readers do come to realize in this issue is that Hush must have been planning this for a long while. For him to be so thorough and to be able to cripple and anticipate Batman at every move must have taken years of research and learning. It is impressive, to say the least as Hush is starting to become a villain who may be more than a match for Batman and one has to think that Hush is someone that was once close to Batman in some way or form. Alfred for his part, shows some grit this issue, manning his station as support to Batman and Julia even though the fear toxin is still affecting him, still coursing through his body as slight as it is and Julia shows a little backbone as well, making Batman accept her help by essentially telling him he will fail if he tries to go it alone. Jason Fabok’s art is fantastic and really makes the book exciting whenever he is on board to draw a chapter and while it would be nice to see him on the book permanently, part-time will have to do as more than one artist is needed to keep this monster on track. Where this goes from here is questionable as there happens to be so much going on that every issue tends to be a surprise and that makes it worth coming back every time.

4 out of 5

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