Tuesday, March 8, 2022

I Am Batman #7 Review

What The Bat Brings

Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Christian Duce, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 8, 2022

Jace Fox continues his adventures as Batman now that he's moved to New York City and while he believed that he'd simply be dealing with regular crime and things on a street level that he wanted to define his time as Batman, it seems that people are right in the idea that crazy follows Batman wherever he goes because right away a psychotic killer has taken out a prominent figure in the city. I also don't think that Jace had planned on being offered a position in a new task force by the city that would see him lead police officers in a sort of Special Crimes Unit. Let's jump back into this series and see how this new status quo works for this Batman. Let's check it out.

For this issue of I Am Batman, we see Jace and his new "Strike Force Bat", as it's called in jest, take this story into two places where the police and officials of the city believe that this new serial killer is some craziness that was brought on by the Batman, while Jace wanting to be a more street-level Batman that is a hero of the people wants to go get guns off the streets. Well, Jace is forced to go after the killer, while the police take care of the guns and this split allows us to see the progression of both these new features to the book and works rather well.

The problem with this killer aspect to the story, at least for Batman is it is more serious than he previously thought and one lead takes him to another, while Vol acts as his Oracle leading him to new clues until finally, our hero realizes that New York might be more like Gotham after all, especially with the presence of a Batman there. Not to mention that while the Strike Force Bat is something of a joke to everyone involved in the police force, Detective Chubb really starts coming into her own this issue while facing the ridicule head-on.

All in all, the art in this issue continues to be great and the new development of this series in not only the city but with Batman working with the police force is something of a joy because while this is another Batman title that will leave a lot of people shaking their heads, the way that this title is doing things is so different than usual that it adds something new to this kind of book and I find myself eating it up. One of the big things of this book that I've enjoyed since this series began is seeing the evolution of Jace Fox as he figures out how to be not only Batman but his own Batman and that continues here in a fun way, while also showing us that not even he will be able to escape the craziness that a Batman brings.  

Bits and Pieces:

While some may see I Am Batman as just another Bat-title or even a Bat impersonator, this series is doing something very clever in showing a different kind of Batman that still brings interesting concepts and moral conundrums in Jace's attempt to be the best Batman he can be but still being true to himself. The art in this issue is really great and the story just keeps getting more and more interesting.


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