Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Patrick Gleason
Published by DC Comics
A new storyline kicks off in the Batman title that not a lot of people are sure as to what’s going to happen to it in the near future (or without its original titular character). A new war amongst some Gotham families is about to take place while we get a little background on the former district attorney. So what’s dear old Harvey going to do about it?
I really enjoy how Tomasi writes Batman’s adversaries, and Erin McKillen is no exception. Her spunky take-no-prisoners attitude is something I have a feeling I’m really going to love in coming issues, because I adored it in this one. While being a bad guy, I think, so far, she’s written as being a very strong female character, something that, as a female comics reader, I do lament the lack of at times. Also, I can’t be the only one who got a little scared of Bruce during those three panels when he was more or less declaring Ra’s al Ghul as his next target, right? Right. Because angry Bruce is terrifying and I fully expect some nightmares now from those scenes.
And Tomasi’s take on how Harvey Dent became disfigured was interesting. I wasn’t expecting the change, but am more than happy to welcome it. I hope we see more of these flashbacks between Erin and Harvey throughout the arc.
When Patrick Gleason wants something to grab your attention, you know it will. You just can’t fight the urge to stare at them, all wide-eyed. There were so many singular panels in this issue that I looked at way longer than I probably should, even if they weren’t important to the story, per se. That panel of Bruce standing under the showerheads, half his face covered by water, gorgeous. And back to those three panels about Ra’s? I can’t think of another artist who can pull off the silhouetted eyes look as well as Gleason. And don’t even get me started on the panels of Harvey and the acid. That one where he sits up shouting his wife’s name is glorious. The last page was equally beautiful, but in a more simplistic way compared to the others in their details.
I’m excited about the fact that this book seems to be continuing the quality it had before the whole Batman Incorporated ordeal that made it my favorite title. Can’t wait to see where it’s taken from here.
4.5 out of 5 nerds