Tuesday, May 10, 2022

I Am Batman #9 Review

Getting Back On The Horse

Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Christian Duce, Stephen Segovia, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 10, 2022

Let's head back to the Big Apple to see how Jace Fox is dealing with his defeat at the hands of New York's newest serial killer. The worst part about this is, that not only was Jace taken down a notch by this new villain but was humiliated in the process. Also, it turns out that this killer was inspired by Jace's arrival in New York and considered himself and Batman a team in cleaning up the trash of the city. So yeah, Jace isn't in the best place right now and it doesn't make it any better that because of his failure, the Commissioner became this killer's next target while our new Batman was busy licking his wounds. Let's jump into this issue and continue our look at this Batman figuring out who he is and how he operates in New York City. Let's check it out.

For this issue of I Am Batman, we see our new Dark Knight wrestling with his emotions about letting this new serial killer that is possibly going by Manray (I say possibly because I'm hoping for a change because I don't want to call him Manray) get the better of him and in that struggle we get some strong moments in this book that deal with the greater Fox Family, which is great, while also continuing setting up a possible superhero connection between Jace and his young sister Tiff..... and when I say "superhero connection", I mostly mean that I hope that the things that are going on in this book, like the feelings of guilt that both Jace and Tiff feel will lead to a Dynamic Duo in the future.  

As much as I love certain aspects of this book, which include the police taking matters into their own hands when it comes to this serial killer after the murder of the police Commissioner, some of this book I felt came off a bit tedious and only served as ways to get a point across and to do more things with Jace's friend Hadiyah, but ultimately felt odd and out of place. By the end though we have a strong cliffhanger and we see our new Batman getting back on the horse that threw him off and I continue to love seeing Jace Fox learn how to be who he wants to be.

All in all, the art continues to be great in this book and that goes for the coloring with the lights and darks of the book as well.... it really sets a tone and mood to what we're dealing with. As for the story, I find this aspect of Batman being afraid compelling and can't wait to see where it goes in Jace's pursuit to do what he feels is right for him, especially in taking on the role of Batman....... but in his own way. I just wish that some of the setup and progression in discovering who our killer is and putting Batman on his path was done a bit better because it felt like a weird, forced look at surreal art that felt out of place in the way that it was depicted but overall I still really enjoy this book and wait each month with bated breath for the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

We get some great progression into Jace's pursuit to fulfilling his quest of being Batman of New York and some great progression in the Fox Family as a whole in their new city. I just wish that some of the detective work progression felt a bit more natural. Thankfully though, we get some great art throughout and a great cliffhanger that I can't wait to get back to in the next issue.


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