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Batman Eternal #40 Review

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Batman plays in the snow, Selina's car blows (up), there's something Warren knows, and Corrigan makes Maxie glow in this fortieth issue of DC's weekly Batman series. Even though the direction the story has taken is a major improvement, I still can't help feeling the writers are dragging their feet here and there to fill in 52 weeks of content. They really could have combined most of what happened from this issue and the last one into one issue that was just a couple of pages longer, if at that. But this could just me being impatient while waiting for the big reveal of who's behind it all (Lincoln March).

 

"Ever since they opened up that second Applebee's, it's been absolute bedlam."

Batman Eternal #38 Review

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There's a fight in a pit, Bane gets bit, and the artwork is awful shit in this thirty-eighth issue of DC's weekly Batman (dis)appointment. Batman takes on several of his rogues gallery at the Willowwood Home for Future Villains, Croc gets vengeance for a previous slight, we see that Jim Gordon and The Lion still exist, and I die a little inside reading this once great series now completely in the shitter because of the meandering plot and horrendous artwork.

 

Batman Eternal #37 Review

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Selina needs new drapes, Batman hunts down the escaped, and the story loses shape in this thirty-seventh installment of DC's weekly Batman jamboree. Batman's just now getting to tracking down the Arkham inmates that remain at large after the asylum collapsed. I guess you can only look at Hush in that big fish bowl for so long before getting bored. Meanwhile, Selina is living the high life of criminal kingpin, Jason Bard is too little too late, and Batwing's armor is haunted (yawn). It's all very impressively unimpressive.

 

Batman Eternal #36 Review

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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

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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 #34 Review

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Batman and Hush clash, Julia gets a trashed, and Bruce Wayne loses his cash, all in this thirty-fourth issue of DC's weekly Batman hootnanny. This seemingly ends the Hush portion of the story, with the bandaged baddie's defeat after several issues of encounters. However, things are only going to get worse for Batman because Hush's plan to cut him off from his resources has been a resounding effect. The city has taken control of Wayne's assets, Julia is down after being injured by Hush, Alfred grows ever wearier, and there's an even more startling revelation.

 

 

Batman Eternal #33 Review

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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...

 

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