Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Batman: Eternal #16 Review

Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Dustin Nguyen
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 23, 2014

It's Magic

Last week, Eternal's main story was a creep show staring Batwing and Jim Corrigan.  It involved blood fountains, dismemberment and unfortunately, the Joker's Daughter.  It ended with the crazy Mr. Bygone who may let things go, but he certainly had a pretty good hold on Corrigan.

Ray Fawkes continues his spooky story this week.  Mr. Bygone is going through a bit of a transformation and really wants to meet the Spectre.  As is the trend, Jim Corrigan has a different idea.  Meanwhile, Batwing is being held up by the Joker's Daughter.  If you have read my reviews or my mind, you know I hate the Joker's Daughter with a passion usually saved for the Dallas Cowboys or Boston Red Sox.  This week gives me another reason to hate her when she displays her new "magical power".  I call shenanigans.

Red Robin and Harper "Call me Grifter" Row have just started their Japanese vacation when they get attacked by, you guessed it, nanobots.  How convenient.  While Red Robin complains, Harper saves the day.

After a brief visit with Lt. Bard, it's back to Arkham.  Batwing crosses paths with Maxi Zeus, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.  The issue ends with Luke and Corrigan finding out first hand who the real threat is.  It all ties back to the first couple panels of the series.

As much as I liked last weeks issue, this issue fell flat for me.  The overall story doesn't progress much and it really felt like filler.  Plus, I hate the Joker's Daughter, especially when she attains powers magically.

Unfortunately, I had a similar feeling with Dustin Nguyen's art this week.  it's a bit more cartoony than last week and it just doesn't fit the story as well.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman Eternal #16 was a bit of a disappointment.  Last week, Ray Fawkes gave the reader some creepy goodness, but this week we get mostly filler.  Dustin Nguyen's art is to blame as well and the issue has Joker's Daughter which is always a minus for me.


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