Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #48

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artist – Fernando Blanco
Colours – Marcelo Maiolo
Letters – John J. Hill

Things are going terribly bad for the Bat-Family as they are getting hit from every direction with no relief in sight. Red Robin, Batgirl, Red Hood, and Bluebird are all going toe-to-toe with some of Gotham’s nastiest villains while Spoiler has gone off to confront Vicki Vale about her lack of action. Batman has survived his plane going down and Jason Bard is, for whatever reason, now on Gordon’s side though it may be too late for him. Julia has also survived, Alfred is locked up and Hush is playing games. There is more going on in this issue than most of the comics that were being published during its release and yet it makes for one incredibly exciting ride. There really seems little that any of the heroes can do, but if they can make it past their respective foes, if Batman has something up his sleeve or if Vicki can piece something together, perhaps they might just stand a chance. There are a couple of things going on as well amongst all the fighting, the first being what Julia sees when she crawls out of Gotham Harbour. Now that Hush has compromised all of their tech and their computers, could what she sees be the former Wayne Enterprises, filled with computers that might get them back on track? Also, what is the Penguin going to do? It seems pretty obvious that he is going to murder James Gordon, but Snyder and the other writers could be faking the reader out and instead he could end up being protection for the man as the riot in the prison takes place. Maybe. Great writing and strong artwork combine in Batman Eternal to make, quite possibly, the most enjoyable and entertaining book in DC’s stable.

4 out of 5

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