Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Batman: Eternal #21 Review

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Jason Fabok
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 27, 2014

Don't Say a Word

Let me start by saying that Baternal has not been my favorite book.  Certain issues have been good, but I've found that the various creative teams and story lines have resulted in an inconsistent and convoluted book.  Throw that all aside, because the times they are a changing. James Tynion and Jason Fabok are back and this issue feels like the real start of the series.  The previous twenty issues may easily turn out to be setup and those who stuck with it are now about to get their reward.

It's going to be real hard to describe the action in this book without spoiling some things that are best left unspoiled.  I will tell you we get to see the big bad that fans have been clamoring for since the birth of the New 52.  This book has had some big surprises, but this one makes them all look like chicken feed (if that is indeed a thing)..  His appearance is still filled with mystery and I can't wait to see what happens next.

If that wasn't enough, James Tynion turns the whole book upside down as to who's in charge and who to trust.  The worst and best part is that the people who we count on being on top of things (ie: Batman and Alfred) appear to be the most in the dark.  I say "appear" because I suspect we aren't getting the whole story.  

I really can't say enough about this issue.  Tynion gives readers a straight forward story that pushes the book forward and has me excited about it again.  I really hope this continues, but from what we get this week, I can't see how it can't.

It doesn't hurt that Jason Fabok is on art duties.  I'm a big fan and this issue shows why.  His art is detailed and great.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman: Eternal #21 has me excited about this book again.  James Tynion gives fans so much in this issue including a baddie that people have been begging for.  Jason Fabok's art is so good and combined with Tynion's great story make this the best in the series up until now. Highly Recommended.


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