Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #38

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins
Artist – Andrea Mutti
Colours – Giulia Brusco
Letters – John J. Hill

Everything is going according to plan. Batman is taking the villains out one after the other and doing it with nothing but Julia’s help and the knowledge he has gleaned about them over the years. While Batman is doing that, Killer Croc takes out Bane, something he has wanted to do for years and leaves him all tied up for Batman to discover. All is going to plan but it is not one of Batman’s making though it is something that should have been done a long time ago. Scott Snyder and company craft another great issue of Batman Eternal with a lot of little things taking place amongst the main action of the issue. Part of the book deals with James Gordon and the Lion, another part of it with Commissioner Bard needing help and finally with Poison Ivy and the master planner who was actually revealed last issue to be Catwoman. This title has definitely gotten a lot more interesting ever since Selina has taken up leading the crime families of Gotham. Her skills as a manipulator are really starting to come to light, not that they were very subtle before, and it is intriguing to see just how she is using them against friend and foe alike. The rogues are as clueless as ever but one question that needs answering is where all these criminals will go if Arkham is no longer a thing? Blackgate might work, but if they were judged insane every other time, will they go to the Manor instead? If anything, it will definitely be fun to find out. The dynamic between Penny-Two and Batman continues to be a lot of fun and it can only be so long before Julia leaves the Batcave to help our hero out as she is more of a hands-on type of woman. With some very strong writing and with some consistently good artwork by a rotating team of wonderful artists, it makes this book a must-read in every sense of the word. As to where it is heading, that still remains to be seen as it continues to keep readers guessing which is definitely a good thing.

4 out of 5

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