Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #35

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artist – Fernando Blanco
Colours – Marcelo Maiolo
Letters – Steve Wands

Hush might be defeated and locked up in the Batcave but his plan lives on in Jason Bard who is determined to see Batman taken down and put in jail for the rest of his days. That goal is now easier than ever since the government has seized control of Wayne Enterprises and everything that they were associated with including Lucius Fox who designed most of Batman’s tech. To say things are bad is putting it mildly and just how the Bat plans to get out of this little predicament should be very interesting indeed. When Batman Eternal started it seemed like it would be a story about Jim Gordon and his fall from grace. Well, that did indeed happen but what was not expected was the same thing to happen to Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego. Over the course of the series, everything that belongs to Bruce or Batman including friends, associates, property and even his home, has been taken away with only the cave, Alfred and Julia and the rest of the Bat-family left. The writers have done an amazing job thus far of tearing our hero down and taking him apart piece by piece, a deconstruction of all that he is. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess, but there is obviously a lot more to the story left and it should be just as riveting finding out what as it was to read the story to this point. One of the most compelling aspects of the current issue was seeing Lucius Fox take a job with Commissioner Bard. Whether he was forced to as a part of the government seizure or whether he simply needed a job, it will only cause problems for Batman down the road such as it already is. How Batman will get around this is going to be extremely interesting and exciting because if he loses his tech, he loses half of what makes him so good at what he does. A great book on all fronts.

4 out of 5

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