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Batman Eternal #36 Review

 

Dripping with blood, Bard's relationship's a dud, and his plans landed with a thud, even though Batman's name's still mud. All this and more in the thirty-sixth issue of DC's weekly Batman series. It's gratifying, satisfying, illuminating, and aggravating! Harper and Cullen! Red Robin! Red Hood! Babs' new threads! And speaking of threads, what super villain burns at both ends, and counts Joker, Two-Face, and Scarecrow amongst friends? It's our hipster-fashioned Sphinx as crafty as any lynx, Edward Nygma!

 

"It doesn't make sense... why aren't we getting more coverage? Look at how sexy we are!"

 

Batman Eternal #35 Review

 

Jason Bard becomes a destroyer, Lucius Fox has a new employer, the Batmobile plows through a foyer, and Bruce Wayne could use a good lawyer in this thirty-fifth episode of DC's weekly Batman serial. Things are crashing down badly for the Caped Crusader, who, despite help from Julia, is having a hard time keeping his head above water. Hush might be defeated, but his Bard is worse than his blight. They do a little Batman Returns retread and the Batmobile is remote controlled for chaos leaving Batman going fast and furious into oblivion.

 

"That's not true! Red Robin is doing just fine! Er, well, no, he's in a crappy Teen Titans book. Good point, Bard."

 

Batman Eternal #33 Review

 

An arsenal up in smoke, Wayne Enterprises might go broke, and Julia might croak in this thirty-second episode of DC's weekly Batman free-for-all (but you have to buy it). This does seem a little padded out since it only concentrates on one branch of the story, but everything in here is pretty solid material, and it's good to see that Batman is actually a character in the book with his name. in the title. Though it seems like the real star here is one Julia Pennyworth, even if she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

 

Yeah, no fucking kidding. I'm working on TWO episodes of Otaku Evolution at once, and this review, AND another GitS: Arise review, and...

 

Batman Eternal #29 Review

 

 

Arkham is glowing, Blackfire's power's growing, so what was Riddler knowing, in this twenty-ninth of who knows how many parts in DC's weekly Batman shindig. I know we haven't really been back to the supernatural Arkham storyline in a little while, but I'm already glad this part of it will be done soon, because it's the least interesting part of this series. Batwing is just Batman as a young Iron Man, the Joker's Daughter needs to go away as soon as possible, and it's weird that with all this going on, The Spectre hasn't come out of Corrigan to stomp the crap out of Deacon Blackfire (though that's set for next issue, it looks like). We know that, based on the beginning of DC's new Arkham Manor series that the asylum is not long for the world, so let's blow this pop stand, already, guys.

 

Batman Eternal #24 Review

 

Spoiler makes jumps, Cluemaster's a chump, and Batman's in a slump in this thrilling twenty-fourth installment of DC's weekly Batman tale. Behind the scenes of Hush's master plan we see the rest of the C-listers work their magic to escalate the disaster, but one plucky purple pubescent stuns her super bad dad as well as me in her efforts to derail his part in the greater scheme at work. Am I really reading a comic with Stephanie Brown in it and actually enjoying her in it? Wha? How is that a thing?

 

Pictured: Awesomeness

 

Batman Eternal #23 Review

What's new, pussy cat? Woah, woah, wh--oh, you're dead.

 

Selina's feeling shitty, failed to save a kitty, born to rule the city, and things aren't looking pretty, all in this twenty second entry in DC's weekly Bat-epic, which sees The Architect's inadvertent (?) victory, Jason Bard making his next move, and Selina crawling through a quarter mile of poo-smelling foulness I can't even imagine. (Maybe I just don't want to.) Nguyen is full-on Nguyen with his uniquely stylized art and it's almost like I'm reading Heart of Hush again. Well, actually I have been rereading that recently, coincidentally.

 

Batman Eternal #21 Review

The issue is just as much awesome as this cover, a rarity in comics.

 

The court adjourned, a long time villain returned, information was learned, and the plot took a huge turn in the alcohol-aged installment of DC's weekly Batman hubbub. Continuity probably took one on the noggin, given that some of the events the villains present here happened with characters either no longer present in the DC universe (as in, never existed according to new continuity) or are much different. Are we all sure Batman's only been around for six years? Ah, hand wave it, because this is the best issue in a long time, and it might be the best issue ever.

 

Batman Eternal #20 Review

Welcome to the jungle, we'll have... ehhh, one pretty good scene.

 

The mystic crap feels tired, Falsario's retired, a Lion is required, and Stephanie's inspired in this twentieth issue of DC's weekly Batman yarn, pack full of terrible art and story padding, but with at least a couple of really choice scenes that spare this thing from the trash heap. Frankly, though, I'm looking forward to some of these storylines consolidating, because most of them aren't that interesting on their own. It's starting to look like a weekly Bat book was a mistake because they're simply not holding my attention very well. Why do you think every review comes a week late?

 

Batman Eternal #19 Review

 

I wish this was the interior art.


Jace and Babs hug, Harper works out bugs, and Gordon knocks out thugs, all in this nineteenth installment in DC's weekly Batman shindig. The artwork is all over the place, the "hypnotized ally you have to convince you're not who they think you are" cliche is eye-rolling, as is Jason's Babs wank, and honestly I want them to get rid of this supernatural element, too, even if it means even less Batman in the book, because unlike Bats, I don't care about Croc's missing cult followers. But hey, Jimmy kicked some ass in Blackgate, and that was the highlight of this entire story arc so far, even if it was just one page. Still, I preferred Scott Snyder and Gerry Duggan's
Batman #34. By a lot.

 

Batman Eternal #18 Review

 

The sewers are creepy, Jason is cheeky, and a toy shop is freaky in the eighteenth entry in DC's weekly Batman series. Jason talks Babs up as she falls into a trap, things get tense in Blackgate, we find out what happened to Killer Croc after Arkham War, and Batman is actually a character in this book again! What a week. Too bad the art is kind of... ehhh. Middling. It varies from page to page.

 

Vampire Hero hasn't been the same since the New 52 reboot.
 


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