DC Comics is doing their very best to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight’s first appearance with a new weekly series entitled Batman Eternal. Many will immediately scream, “What! ANOTHER Batman title?” Bystanders who don’t hold a fanatical affection for Gotham’s super hero will just stew in their own anger. Caped Crusader enthusiasts will jump up and down in ecstasy… and they have a reason to!
Batman Eternal #1 opens up with the masked avenger and Jim Gordon in pursuit of Professor Pyg. As Pyg makes his way through Gotham City spreading his own brand of chaos with the Dark Knight on his trail, Gordon chases one of the villain’s henchmen into the tunnels of Gotham’s railway systems. It’s only a matter of time before a collision can be averted when two trains speed towards each other, Gordon and a criminal.
Just when you thought there wasn’t room for another Gotham-centric series, Batman Eternal #1 comes out and challenges that notion. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV partner up with Ray Fawkes, John Layman, and Tim Seeley to bring us another chapter in the busy crime-fighting life of the Dark Knight. The story is bold and doesn’t play it safe to keep things from upsetting the balance of the other Batman titles.
Jason Fabok’s art is precise and definitely based in realism. He uses every drawn line to his advantage and breathes life into the words pouring forth from Snyder, Tynion IV, and company. The illustrations are further enhanced by the vibrant coloring of Brad Anderson.
Rated “T” for Teen, Batman Eternal #1 features violence and language. There’s nothing found in the issue that hasn’t already been seen in the pages of all the other Dark Knight titles. If it were a movie, I would give it a PG-13 rating.
Batman Eternal #1 proves there’s always room for another title featuring the world’s greatest detective super hero. It’s the perfect blend of police procedural drama, thriller, and comic book action. The story looks to be so complex it merits a weekly release to tell it effectively. If you love the Dark Knight, here’s another title to add to your reading list.
Batman Eternal #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.
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