Tuesday, February 8, 2022

I Am Batman #6 Review

Taking A Bite Out Of The Big Apple

Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Ken Lashley, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 8, 2022

It's time for a whole new chapter in the life of Jace Fox in his role as the Next Batman because as we saw in the previous issue, the majority of the Fox Family have moved from Gotham to New York City to get special physical therapy for Tam Fox and our Batman has gone with them to clean up the streets of the Big Apple. Let's jump into this issue and see what this next chapter holds for Jace and if any the that Gotham crazy has come with him. Let's check it out.

For this new status quo of Jace Fox, we see more of how this Batman is doing things differently than the original model in that he's being seen and photographed a lot more and with that, he's attracted the attention of the Mayor who unlike Nakano in Gotham wants to use this opportunity to work with the Batman and create a new task force to let New Yorkers know that they don't only have their very own mask in the city but that he's working with the city for everyone's protection. It's a really cool idea that works a lot like the Batman: The White Knight's GTO program and I can't wait to see how this plays out.

With that though, there is obviously a bit of forced situations in this issue with bringing Detective Chubb and Whitaker to New York City to work with Batman and this new program, which almost feels like those weird TV spinoffs that see random characters from the previous show coming together out of nowhere that doesn't really work.... but we go along with it anyway. This is an interesting new chapter in I Am Batman and I can't wait to see where it goes, especially since it looks like Jace is going to have to go up against a sadistic killer that is also making himself known in the city.

All in all, I really enjoyed the art in this book and the direction the story is going. Yeah, there's a lot of talking about what's been going on in the Bat-books previous to this to set the scene here and a lot of politicians talking about what they want to do with a Batman in New York City but for the most part, this was expected in taking the book in a new direction and I'm personally on board for the ride, especially since it looks like the idea that crazy follows Batman is something that's going to be explored here in the creation of new villains for this Batman to face. There's a lot of good stuff here and I hope that everyone sees this as a jumping-on point for a new take on Batman outside of Gotham.

Bits and Pieces:

The new setting of New York City is something that this series feels like it needs to differentiate itself from other Bat-books and this first issue was pretty good in setting up what that direction will look like. The art was great and I can't wait to see how this new status quo of Jace Fox will work out in the coming months.


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