Tuesday, October 18, 2022

I Am Batman #14 Review

The City That Puts Me To Sleep

Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Christian Duce, Tom Derenick, Rex Lokus, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 18, 2022

Let's get back in touch with Jace Fox, the Batman of New York, and his case in finding out who shot Anarky. Previously, we saw Jace and Renee Montoya in her Question persona go after the NYPD because of their belief that Anarky was killed by crooked cops because of his connection to a New York protestor who was also murdered, but as it turns out that other protestor was a police informant so it seems that Batman and Question's suspect doesn't make much sense. Let's jump into this issue and see if our dynamic duo can get to the bottom of this murder and if........ it actually makes sense when we get there.

First things first, we do discover the murderer in this issue and we immediately just point the finger at this person without seeing any leads or investigation and all we really get out of it is Batman feeling disappointed because he was called just as bad as the police. So yeah, while it might seem cool to have Renee Montoya here, she ultimately didn't do anything but bring up an old story beat that went nowhere, and her involvement just threw a monkey wrench into Jace's book having its own identity outside of Gotham since Renee is going back to Gotham after this issue, but not before we see that for some reason she has a deep connection to Jace's love interest Hadiyeh..... for some reason.

For the part that I was most interested in, with Tiff Fox masking up and going out to try and help a girl who was stuck in the life of a gang that she desperately wanted to be out of........ it just came down to Tiff in mask saying the same thing that she has been saying and for some reason this time it works. Besides that cringe disappointment, you do get Tiff kicking a little ass, and getting in some trouble with the law which will put Batman on her tail, and hopefully, we can actually get back to that story because this issue has one of the weirdest cliffhangers I've seen in a while and even if it appears to be some kind of mind control/magic, I have no idea how our New York Caped Crusader can get out of this one and have no lasting repercussions.

All in all, I enjoyed the art in this book, even if a lot of it is characters standing/sitting around and talking while actually not doing much to make this book interesting or furthering the plot in what feels like a meaningful way. Our conclusion to who shot Anarky story came out completely lackluster and it makes me wonder why we brought this story beat back beyond the idea of trying to bring in sales by forcing a reason for Renee Montoya to show up, and it makes me wish that Anarky's death would have been left alone after our first suspect instead of convoluted the hell out of the story to make this happen. Beyond that though, the part of the book that I was really interested in with Tiff putting on a mask was cool when she was kicking ass, but boy was it corny when she was trying to accomplish her mission of reaching a woman who was down on her luck and stuck in a life that she didn't want to live. Just so damn corny, but maybe not as corny as when Tiff told herself to check her privilege previously. Just a disappointing issue and I can only hope that our weird cliffhanger leads to something interesting.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue concludes our "Who Killed Anarky" story that nobody asked for and boy does it do it in a lackluster way. Thankfully the art in this book is great because the story just came off subpar this issue and I can only hope that now that this story is over that we can get back to something interesting because this whole arc felt like it was forced and just plain off.


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