Batman Eternal #1 marks the beginning of a new weekly series that will run for a full year focusing on Gotham City, its citizens and of course the Dark Knight and his allies. This will also act as a companion piece to the main bat-titles: Detective Comics and Batman being similar in spirit to the much loved Gotham Central series that ran back in 2003, but not limited to members of the GCPD.
As expected the writing is exceptional. The book begins with Gotham City in flames and a defeated Batman being “monologued to” by an unknown villain, alluding to the fact that a series of random events were planned all along. This short flash forward in time not only exposes the villain’s endgame, but also challenges the readers to connect the dots and try to deduce the identity before he/she is revealed.
The art is superb, Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson capture the tone and feel of Gotham city. Batman looks both heroic and scary, Professors Pyg’s porcine/robot hybrids are downright creepy, and Jim Gordon is as unrelenting and tough as ever (on himself as well as the criminals he pursues). Brilliant pacing and panel layouts, especially during the pages leading right up to Gordon’s tragic mistake.
I can only imagine what type of logistical nightmare it must be to work with five different writers on a weekly title that reflect changes and events in not only one, but two ongoing monthly books, but if the creative team can maintain the same level of polish that I’ve seen in this first issue I will definitely be there for the entire series.
A few notes; Loved Batman’s entrance with his new suit. Loved the “Dynamic Duo” panel of Batman and Jim Gordon racing to capture Pyg and his cronies. Not a fan of the new character Major Forbes. How is this guy still in the police department when he openly admits to taking bribes?
Batman Eternal #1, written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley with art by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson, is in stores today for $2.99
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