This review will discuss Batman Eternal #1-10
I was told that if I wanted to know what was going down in DC Comics, as a whole, then I’d better keep up with Batman Eternal and Futures End, two weekly titles from DC. I don’t get a subscription for them in the mail..(You can’t, can you?) So that means a trip to purchase them somewhere weekly, and a faithful reader of my blog knows where I get mine!
The teaser issue for Batman Eternal was Batman #28. Stephanie Brown is back, as Spoiler no less. That was enough for me! Harper Row is a Hero at odds with Batman, and Catwoman has transformed back into a full-on villain. YES! I don’t like how cold she is, though. There is a mystery person in the cave, who must be Carrie Kelly…if not her then I don’t know who? The teaser issue happens chronologically during the middle or last act of the story…so everything else we have gotten to read has been a build-up.
The first page is very disturbing. And I think this is an image we might forget easily, but shouldn’t. Bruce Wayne is tied to the Bat Signal, bleeding while the city burns around him.
So far Professor Pyg has been a creepy enemy. This is my first experience with the professor. He’s about as nuts as they come. But Pyg has been a diversion. My first thought was he is being played…Carmine Falcone is back, doing stuff behind the scenes manipulating Pyg. And apparently in the New 52 continuity Falcone has been more than a scary mob boss in the past, at least according to Batman and Catwoman’s reaction to figuring it out. “Not Him!”
There are some more villains introduced…The Penguin gets scared. And within a few issues he is toppled as top mob leader. Then there are the so called Minor villains…”Cluemaster” and some of his friends who I am not quite sure of…Stephanie Brown is Cluemaster’s daughter…and she overhears his plans…and begins to try and “spoil” them. We know where this is going! But there is another shadowy villain here that we don’t know or get to see just yet. But Stephanie knows who it is. The plans are to burn gotham…Let’s not forget the first page of the story!
Three more plot threads…Alfred’s daughter…it seems she will be taking up Alfred’s time. Bruce met her in Hong Kong trying to get the same mob boss as we was…someone who had beaten Falcone. I didn’t even know he had a daughter! Then there’s a “Nanobot Swarm,” or something. It infects Cullen Row…Red Robin has the key to this one. It turns out that at the end of Issue #5 Hugo Strange is involved in this story as well.
And the thing that I think I have the least grip on…Deacon Blackfire and Dr. Phosphorus. Who are these guys?
Issue #10 is very pivotal, it seems. Pyg attacks Falcone. So I guess that means he isn’t working for Falcone after all! Batman convinced him that Falcone was playing him a few issues earlier. But it doesn’t seem so now. Issue #10 also suggests that Lt. Bard, of the Gotham Police is indeed routing for Batman.
So far everyone’s here except The Joker! (I don’t expect to see him or the Riddler, both with recent stories.). Two Face committed Suicide recently. Maybe we’ll see Mr. Freeze.
I don’t like how the “Bat Family” is arguing with itself so much. Bruce and Barbara never have kind words for each other it seems. DC hasn’t written a good Red Robin story since the New 52 started. You’ve got Jason Todd always sulled up. And now Dick Grayson is off the team because the world thinks he’s dead…Batman knows better, but won’t let the cat out of the bag to the “Bat Family.” ARGGH!
What has me hooked about this book currently isn’t all of the sensationalism…instead it is the mystery element. Who is the shadowy person giving orders to Cluemaster? It is someone who can pull strings and remain hidden. Someone who can be sure the Falcone gang ousts the Penguin and controls the police force…someone who can be certain that two sub trains crash head on, with the blame falling on Jim Gordon. Who is this mastermind? Someone ten steps ahead of everyone. If the Joker wasn’t obviously NOT this villain, I would say it was him. It isn’t going to be Edward Nygma…fairly certain of that. I thought that maybe it was Catwoman. Maybe she is behind it all. But she is too much on the good guy side as of issue #10, and though she needs to fall a little to get where she is in the teaser issue, I don’t think she would be able to pull this off riding the fence currently.
The art has been 100% good until issue #10, where everyone seems to be scribbled. I couldn’t recognize anyone, hardly. I hope that doesn’t become the norm for this book. i HATE bad comic art.