Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Batman: Eternal #25 Review

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: R.M. Guera
Cover Price: #2.99
Release Date: September 24, 2014

We are Fam-i-ly 

I've been having a weird relationship with this book.  I tell all my friends that I'm sick of it and will stop reading it, but I keep coming back.  When I'm with it, I have such a good time, but as a whole I'm just not that impressed.  At least I don't drive by it's house late at night to see if any one's there with it...yet.  This issue is a bit more setup than usual, but I liked it.  It's a pretty straight forward story with a lot to like if you're a fan of the Bat family and Robin(s) in particular.  I am both so I had a smile throughout this dark and dismal tale.  I'm sick like that.

Batman may be following the trail of Hush and a certain new Commissioner, but it's the Bat Family that gets the spotlight this week. Jason Todd and Tim Drake have some of the best exchanges this book has seen, but Tim and Harper Row come a close second.  With all the bad shit going down in Gotham, it seems those two (Tim Drake in particular) are having a ball.  Of course, having some special ladies never hurt.

One of these special ladies, Barbara Gordon, is still struggling to accept her Father's current situation.  She's even more frustrated because everything she tried doing in Brazil was for naught.  Julia Pennyworth may be new to the party, but she proves herself capable behind the computer screen and dishing out the sass.  All of them combine to give Batman a hell of a support group.

He's going to need it because Hush seems to be one step ahead of him.  Batman doesn't get fooled often, but Hush seems to do it with ease and glee.  In the end, Batman needs the help of all his wards, new and old.  This issue is all about bringing the Bat Family together.  They haven't been the same since Death of the Family and this is the closest they've been since.  I'm so glad for that.

Next week's issue features the origin of Hush which is huge, but I hope this weeks issue doesn't get lost in the shuffle.  The Bat Family has been in shambles and this is the beginning of a new start.  It's such a shame that Dick Grayson isn't there, but I love that Harper and Julia are.

R.M. Guera is on art this week and I wasn't impressed.  The art seemed to get worse deeper in the issue, but I really didn't like it from the get go.  The character work was off in and out of costumes.  Guera seems to have a fair amount of fans, but I am not one of them.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Baternal is setup,  but it's setting up the Bat Family for a triumphant return to glory.  Batman is already getting frustrated by Hush so it's good the Family is ready to help again.  The story, dialogue and character moments are great fun for fans, but the art was a little off.  If stories like this continue to be featured, I may start getting serious with this book.


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