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."

 

I really enjoy the use of color and inking for shadows in this issue. There's a sense of cinematic quality there. The actual faces and body type designs are nothing special, but the inking and colors sell it really well with the use of blacks and orange glow. It doesn't overdo it like some other modern comics do. I haven't commented on the art style of this book for a long time, but this issue is a definite stand out because of the approach, and the orange glow lends itself well to the firey conclusion to the issue.

 

It's really a shame that Lucius Fox now works for Jason Bard. I guess they must've roped him in with a threat to prosecute for his involvement with Batman Incorporated since the explosives in the Bat bunkers can be said to be funded by them. Now, normally Lucius should have the fortitude to say, "Screw you" to Bard, but I'm guessing he doesn't want to worry about Luke getting dragged into this. He certainly doesn't seem pleased to have to help the police, but it's still disheartening to see.

 

"Also, don't expect a Secret Santa gift this year."

 

Speaking of Bard, Vicki Vale finally realizes how strange the guy's acting so she decides to do a little research in Bard's hometown of Detroit. And honestly, I'd have sent somebody else, because... ugh, Detroit. I guess it can't be any worse than Gotham, right? Well, apparently something horrible happened involving a Batman wannabe that led Bard to despise the real thing and that's his motivation in all this. Perhaps he lost a loved one in such an incident and blames the Dark Knight for inspiring another vigilante.

 

I do. You need a punch in the fucking throat.

 

But you know what? I don't care what his excuse is. Jason Bard needs to go down, hard. I hope Batman punches his face until his own mother can't recognize him.

 

"That was the night he saw Batman & Robin."

 

Next Issue: Blue Rose!

 

- Penguin Truth
(2014)

 

Story: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Script: James Tynion IV
Consulting Writers: Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, & Tim Seeley
Art: Fernando Blanco
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Lettering By: Steven Wands
Cover By: Tommy Lee Edwards
Editor: Chris Conroy
Asst. Editor: Dave Wielgosz
Group Editor: Mark Doyle
Batman Created By Bob K--AHAHAHAHA, NO. Batman Created By Bill Finger