One day, the entire DC Comics Bat-team got together, and said, “You know something? We should just make a book that’s everything Batman is. Like–the whole shebang, the full scope of Gotham, the teammates and allies, the detective, the spooky place full of dark corners. wait, let’s go even bigger. Let’s have aliens and ghosts and the wrath of God incarnate. Let’s just make a book about one man versus an entire city that he’s trying to save. Let’s capture everything fun and enchanting that makes the Batman mythos so much fun to read and such a hell to live through.”
And they looked and they saw that it was good.
Sixteen weeks in, the nonstop Batman Eternal is still tying a more-epic-than-epic tale together, but it’s shaping up nicely, with new villains, and even creepier versions of the old ones. If it comes to it, the heroes are getting eerier, too. But don’t take our word for it. Let the smoke-monsters that give breath to your worst regrets show you:
Man Cave Daily to readership: you know you want to see what happens next in Batman Eternal #16, out this Wednesday. And don’t go anywhere without reading our mega-interview with half the creative team:
Brendan McGinley is editor round these parts when not writing comics or Cracked columns. You can say a neighborly hello to him on Twitter @BrendanMcGinley. You’d probably enjoy his supervillain comic Heist, if you’re a fan of tarnished souls and brutal retribution.
Brendan recently interviewed Gail Simone on what makes for great character moments.