Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Batman: Eternal #15 Review

Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Dustin Nguyen
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Creep Show


I must admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Batman: Eternal as a whole.  It's not the revolving writers or artists, but something that runs deeper that bothers me.  While DC keeps telling us that this book is important in the now and future of The New 52, it just doesn't seem that way to me.  I know that timelines are wonky, but big happenings in this book haven't had the impact they should in other books and guest stars have shown up even if it doesn't make sense in their own stories.  That being said, I have enjoyed a bunch of individual issues and this one is one of them.



This week we get a bunch of storylines woven together which is par for the course in this book.  We get Red Robin still heading to Tokyo trying to figure out those darn nanobots.  Harper Row is there for the ride and she's got her Grifter cosplay costume ready.  This has been one of my least favorite stories so I'm lucky it's brief and pretty much runs in place here.

I've been looking forward to more Batwing and Jim Corrigan and there is a heavy dose of them in this issue.  Their trip to Arkham started out scary, but nothing prepared me for this.  The horror touch of this story is such a welcome addition to this book and I love both characters.  However, this is also the story with my least favorite character of all time...The Joker's Daughter.  No matter how much you shove her down my throat, DC, I will never like her.

After last week, I thought Batman and Lt. Bard would never see eye-to-eye.  Since then, Bard is playing by the rules and Batman does a 180 and even shakes his hand.  Batman doesn't leave anyone hanging for too long.

The final story involves Batgirl and Red Hood in Rio De Janeiro.  Since that's not enough, Batwoman shows up out of nowhere.  This is what I was talking about earlier.  It really makes no sense for her to show up.  Show up she does and hopefully she can help Batgirl clear her Father's name.

Ray Fawkes does a pretty good job this week.  The Batwing/Spectre story is where he gets to do his own thing and it shows.  It's the strongest of the issue and my favorite of the series so far.  I'm a sucker for Batwing and spooky stories, I guess.

Dustin Nguyen is on art duties this week and he does a great job.  It's a horror comic at it's core and he makes everything dark and spooky.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman: Eternal #15 continues the trend I have with this book.  The series as a whole annoys me, even while I enjoy individual issues. It may not make complete sense, but I liked most of what we get this week.  The main story is a scary horror comic and Dustin Nguyen's art is fittingly creepy.  Ray Fawkes is my favorite writer on this book so far and I can't wait to see where he goes with Batwing and Jim Corrigan in the (hopefully) near future.

7.8/10 

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