Detective Comics #978
Batman Eternal has been such a fun ride and James Tynion IV keeps finding new ways to surprise me. Robin is investigating the cause of Colony agents seemingly gunning down mobsters. Luke and Jean-Paul are trying to crack the hack that overrode Colony controls while Batman and Batwoman try to find a new place of understanding after the recent fallout.
Occasionally, Tynion’s shifts from a few hours ago to the present time were a little confusing, but not to the point of being hard to follow. The strongest aspect of the issue remains the character bonds. Tynion invested a lot of time into developing Bruce and Kate’s relationship as cousins and the stress recent events have put on their family unit. Tim continues to feel like a fresher character since returning to the team following his escape from Mr. Oz.
Javier Fernandez returns as artist after a lengthy run on Nightwing. Fernandez might have his characters get overly expressive from page to page, but he brings a very cool dark and mysterious tone that works well with a Batman book. His layouts also have a great cinematic touch that makes the issue feel more like watching the action unfold as opposed to reading it.
Tynion’s latest twist has deep connections to Batman lore and it will be very interesting to see how the Gotham Knights respond to this new threat…if they can survive.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10