Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Batman Eternal #3 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley
Art by: Jason Fabok
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 23, 2014

"This is only beginning and it's about to get much bigger"

After reading this issue I have finally decided that I never want to visit (let alone live) in Gotham City. The joke is always that it's a horrible city, but Batman Eternal #3 kicks that up a notch. Bam!

It's easy to forget this is a weekly book.  Snyder, Tynion and company cram so much into each issue it is almost dizzying trying to keep up.  Last week, I mentioned this as a detriment.  I even speculated that there might be too many cooks, but this issue proved me wrong. So much happens, but it maintains a focus and pacing that makes it hard to put down.

The first thing readers get this week is Stephanie Brown.  Yes, the fan favorite is fully back and Snyder and Tynion show she is a tough rebel right away.  Then shit gets personal, crazy and confusing.  It's a hell of an introduction.

The main story, though, focuses on the trouble brewing in Gotham City.  While Batman works to clear Jim Gordon's name, the power structure in Gotham and the GCPD is being turned upside down.  Carmine Falcone's reemergence is causing problems with everyone.  The Penguin's grip on the city is being challenged in a big way, while the Police stand by and watch.  I know that sounds weird, but wait until you see why. Being a fan of Batwoman I was so angry.

The only problem I had with this issue is that Falcone's move to take over seems a bit rushed.  Maybe it's a "behind the scenes" thing that's been going on for years, but everything seems to be happening too fast.

I had no problem with the artwork.  His art is dark and gritty, perfect for the story being told.  I really enjoyed his work on the first two issue and it just keeps getting better.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman Eternal #3 really delivers on the promise of this weekly series.  It is a fast paced, focused story that turns Gotham upside down.  Highly recommended.


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