Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #52

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley
Artist – Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, David Lafuente, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, Allen Passalaqua, Gabe Eltaeb
Colours – Allen Passalaqua, Gabe Eltaeb, John Kalisz, John Rauch
Letters – Steve Wands

It may have been silly to think otherwise, but while everything that has happened during the entire run of Batman Eternal was thanks to the Cluemaster of all people, it would all come down to the Court of Owls who in the end would hijack his plan for their own purposes, or at least for one of their members. Batman’s brother from another mother, Lincoln March, who really is not his brother though Lincoln likes to call Bruce as such, is the man who funded the Cluemaster so that he might cause Bruce and Gotham a wee bit of harm. To be fair, it has been a pretty brutal year and Bruce is more than worn out and has no idea if he will be able to defeat Lincoln. Thankfully, he gets a little help. Scott Snyder, the rest of the writing team and the great cadre of artists on this book have delivered quite the entertaining last issue and they wrap everything up with a nice, neat bow. Almost everything that is. While the fires have been brought under control and all the members of Batman’s extended family have come out none the worse for wear, the Court of Owls still reign in their little part of Gotham. Spoiler is the one character who might have suffered worse than anyone else, even more than Bruce and Gordon as she has lost her entire family during this year-long ordeal. But, while she might have lost a mother and a father, she has some new friends and a family far larger than her last. There were some other interesting tidbits that went on such as Jason Bard’s resignation, Jim Gordon’s return to the force, Red Hood’s unrequited feelings for Barbara and Selina cementing herself as the new crime lord of Gotham once and for all. Overall, the artists did a great job on this issue and everything seemed to flow nicely even with so many of them collaborating on the book and the same can be said for the entire series with its team of rotating artists. The writers have to be given credit for crafting a fun, exciting and compelling read and in the end, this series stands as the best weekly that DC has ever put out.

4.5 out of 5

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