Tom King is past the home stretch of his 100-issue Batman epic and things are really heating up now.
Gotham criminals are on high alert as Batman is on the attack. He’s not sitting back waiting on crime — he’s got a mystery to solve and he doesn’t have time to be tactful. This is Batman unrestrained and unleashed.
King does a strong job of showing a reckless, out of control Batman and the adverse effect that has on his allies.
Meanwhile, Alfred and Penguin have an interesting debate about love and loss. Occasionally, King tries to make a story too deep, but he doesn’t spend the entire issue on the narrative gimmick so its effective here.
Jorge Fornes splits art duties with Mikel Janin. This is another noticeable styles clash, but in the context of the story it works.
I’m a big fan of Janin’s work and he’s established such a strong body of work that he’s the definitive Rebirth era Batman artist. Fornes’ style definitely works as well ideally in an issue where he’s the sole artist. Jordie Bellaire again proves to be one of the most versatile colorists around as she deftly highlights the appropriate tone of both artists.
King teases another big reveal early on, but doesn’t let readers dangle too long as that mystery is resolved by the final page.
This reveal is sure to create a big buzz and lots of speculation as to where King is taking his arc next. It’s definitely taken an interesting turn and I’m very intrigued to see where he takes it next.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10