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Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #45

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes
Artist – Javi Fernandez
Colours Dan Brown
Letters – Steve Wands

The ghosts that plague Batman and Batwing continue to do so as each man has to figure out how to defeat them. Luckily, being the resourceful people that they are – they do just that. Also, just to make sure of things, Jim Corrigan shows up to give them a helping hand as Milo had discovered a book, a dangerous one that made all the destruction at Arkham possible and whose after-effects are still being felt. Meanwhile, Bluebird and Spoiler continue their chat and Batman thinks he knows who might be behind everything, though there have been some red herrings in the past. This was a fun issue, just slightly eking its way ahead of the last two in terms of enjoyment. For a Batman book, it is really interesting to see all sorts of genres collide as it makes its way along, including the mystical which is always a perfect fit for this hero and not necessarily because he knows anything about it, but mainly due to the dark nature of the book and the sinister undertones that have always permeated it. It is always a good thing to see Jim Corrigan in the book and what better way to deal with the supernatural than to bring in a ringer. Also good to see is Spoiler still having a presence and the writers keeping the ball rolling on that particular plot point. The conclusion to the issue is somewhat surprising in one way but not in another, for every other villain that Batman has faced has made an appearance, so it was only a matter of time before those that were left would make it a point to eventually show up. There are still multiple plotlines that have been left dangling and it would be nice to see some of them come to a conclusion and perhaps, maybe, this issue is a step in the right direction.

3.5 out of 5

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