Tuesday, January 11, 2022

I Am Batman #5 Review

Goodbye Gotham

Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Christian Duce, Juan Ferreyra, Laura Braga, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 11, 2022

We're Gotham bound..... for now..... as we check back in on Jace Fox and how his adventures in being the Next Batman are going. Previously, we saw that while the Magistrate was believed to be dead and buried that the idea is still going strong and now looking like it might even go nationwide, but where we had Peacekeepers before, now we have bigger, badder Talos Troopers keeping the streets safe and at the end of the previous issue it looked like their first task was to end the new Batman once and for all. Let's jump into this issue and see how things work out.

While it looked like we had some big things going on with the Talos project picking up and expanding on where the Magistrate left off this issue feels more like it needs to put that aspect aside because we're moving on to New York City and where I thought that aspect would feel weird and out of place, the way that we do it with Tamara Fox waking up from her coma and needing special therapy that she can only get in New York works for me and adds a nice family element to Jace Fox, not to mention that he can move on and be his own Batman and not constantly be in the shadow of the original...... even though Bruce has left as well.

While there are a lot of elements to this issue that I enjoyed, the Talos Program and the way that the troopers fought Jace and even the way that Jace was able to overcome was not one of them because this whole aspect feels like it was just a throwaway piece that I'm not even sure will continue with how things worked out in this issue and even from this, a revelation and realization from Lucius Fox felt it came out of nowhere and doesn't feel like it fits with what's come before and if you want to go with the sudden and dramatic change, it just kind of feels out of nowhere. 

All in all, there's some ups and downs with the way that the story is told in this issue of I Am Batman, and the action scenes that we get feel kind of muddled and not all that interesting at times, but thankfully the character of Jace is on to something new that seems interesting and the family dynamic of Jace, his sisters, and mother going to New York is something that I look forward to, not to mention newfound confidence in Jace being his own man and not someone who's trying to pretend to be someone else. I really enjoyed the art of this issue, even if I found the fight scenes kind of dull and hopefully now that we're moving somewhere new this book can become its own thing that doesn't feel like it constantly has to be doing Gotham and or Bat-Family things and can finally find itself just like our main characters seems to have here.

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Bits and Pieces:

While I'm happy that we're moving out of Gotham to hopefully bigger and better things, the way that our progression was handled this issue in dealing with the all-new and improved Magistrate almost feels like a throw-away concept and nothing about the conflict between the new Talos Troopers and Jace Fox felt all that compelling. The art is decent and I like where we're heading but for our last outing in Gotham, I found this issue lacking a bit.


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