DC Comics reviews for 11/1/17

Batman #34

Batman #34 cover

Tom King has made Catwoman a major supporting character in his Batman run. With her in the mix, King has livened up the brooding Batman cliche. Sure, Batman isn’t ever going to the type to start dancing or cracking a broad smile, but Catwoman has helped Batman more engaging.

In Chapter 2 of Rules of Engagement, that dynamic is on full display again as the Engaged Duo battle with Talia al Ghul’s minions. There’s a great exchange about semantics and detective work that keeps Batman stoic, but is pretty funny.

As if King needed any other elements to make the issue fun, we get a terrific Superman, Nightwing and Robin scene.

Batman #34 interior art

Joelle Jones’ art is outstanding especially with the character faces and expressions. Jones’ heavy ink work further helps to make her drawings stand out. The action sequences are also very impressive. Jordie Bellaire’s color work has been amazing here and this overall arc has been a tremendous showcase for her talents.

King slowly unfolds the reveals with this arc and the reason for Batman and Catwoman’s road trip makes sense. Now it will be up to see how King pays it off. At this rate there’s no reason to think he won’t disappoint. — Jeffrey Lyles

Rating: 10 out of 10