Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Batman: Eternal #19 Review

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Emanuel Simeoni
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 13, 2014

False Face

Last week, Tim Seeley gave readers a good time with two great team ups, a little OZ action and action figures.  Yes, action figures. This week continues the fun and also does a great job of pushing the Eternal story forward.  The art may not be my cup of meat, but it didn't ruin the issue...or did it?  Let's see, shall we?

The issue starts back in Brazil, where Batgirl isn't thinking clearly.  She's seeing things and thinks Batwoman and Red Hood are the Joker and her Brother.  Funny, didn't someone start this series by seeing things that weren't there?  Maybe someones Father?  While Batgirl kicks the crap out of Red Hood, Batwoman steals off to get some answers.  She gets some from Dr. Falsario who did do the same thing to Jim Gordon.  But did he work alone?  Meanwhile, Jason Todd makes Batgirl come to her senses by remembering how much she hated him.  It sounds ridiculous, but it's a pretty good scene.

Batman, Killer Croc and Jason Bard are still in the Gotham sewers looking for Jade, the kidnapped girl.  I didn't like it as much this week.  Batman seems to know more than he should about Jim Corrigan and Batwing's recent troubles and we get a pretty ridiculous villain out of it.  Maybe I'm jumping the gun, but the little we "see" didn't impress me.

Next, we go to Blackgate where Warden Zorbatos continues campaigning for World's Worst Warden.  If a prison riot gets you points, she's in the money.  A Gang War is breaking out and it's Jim Gordon to the rescue.  For an older guy, he still knows how to kick major ass.

Overall, I liked this issue.  Maybe not as much as last week, but we get a major reveal on who framed Gordon, Falcone vs Penguin Gang War and a new Bat villain.

I really didn't like Emanuel Simeoni's art this week.  I won't say it's horrible, but for some reason it rubbed me the wrong way.  It's a personal thing so your mileage may vary.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Batman: Eternal pushes the story forward on a bunch of fronts, but I didn't enjoy it as much as last week.  It's not as fun and the art rubbed me the wrong way.


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