Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #39

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley
Artist – Felix Ruiz
Colours – Dave McCaig
Letters – John J. Hill

As is customary in Gotham, once the villains are all caught or locked up, it is only a matter of time again before they are set free or escape again and such is the case here as they have not even made it to jail before they are on the loose. Of course, it has something to do with Catwoman, the new crime boss of Gotham and as everyone also knows, it was only a matter of time before Selina would start to do things that no one would expect. While that is going on, Batman is asking and answering questions with The Riddler. Trying to get a straight answer is almost impossible and Batman, who is feeling more rundown with each and every passing day, is getting frustrated. Watching Batman with every new issue of this series has been a lot of fun because one hardly ever sees him on the ropes anymore. Readers know, no matter how strong or smart the villain is, that Batman is going to come out on top, maybe not right away but eventually. It is a given if anything can be in comic books, something any reader would be a fool to bet against. With this series, Batman will eventually solve what needs solving and put things back on track, but as one watches him and his world fall apart, one finds themselves doubting just a little that it can be done as everything is so far gone, has fallen so far apart. Another plot that kept running through the issue involved Vicki Vale and her editor at the Gotham Gazette where he puts forward the idea that everything that has happened in Gotham is connected. He soon makes a believer out of Vicki but not before a very shocking cliff-hanger of an ending. If there is one thing that this book does well, it is always leaving the readers wanting for more. Thanks to the solid writing of the team that heads this book up and this issue’s artist in Felix Ruiz, this issue of Batman Eternal is another that can be put into the win column.

4 out of 5

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