February 17, 2014

Review: Batman Issue 28

Snyder and company take a break from the current Year Zero saga for this "Batman Eternal" interlude story.

Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Artist: Dustin Nguyen

It's an all too familiar picture of Gotham, grim and defeated, in this glimpse of the future of the city and it's citizens. You have to wonder what hope others have against the forces of evil and the underworld, when Batman himself comes up short like this as depicted here in the long run. All those years of struggle against crime and unfortunately it didn't seem to help Batman's cause. All is not lost though as Snyder and Tynion pull a great surprise at the end.  The key antagonist of the story just happens to Catwoman herself who is portrayed in a different light. I've never been fond of the light relationship and mindgames these two have always played with each other over the years. At first Snyder and Tynion seem to throw away that history midstory but as we discover near the end, Selina still has a place in there for Bruce.  The banter between Selina and Bruce is definitely the highlight of this issue, beyond whatever surprises are in store.

Dark times for Gotham!
If you enjoy Batman team-up books, Snyder and Tynion deliver with a unique combination here in issue 28. The future remains dark, despite the efforts of Batman and his young allies.  Nguyen's art is always a welcome sight in a Batman title. There's plenty of pinup poses and splash pages lavished in this issue.  Batman's young ally gets the spotlight tremendously and will certainly have fans clamoring for more appearances, in the Batman Eternal book.

Final Verdict: 8/10

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