It’s starting to settle in that yes, there isn’t going to be some massive letdown with the Failsafe arc. Writer Chip Zdarsky has a well-thought-out plan that he’s executing perfectly. Batman’s contingency plan has taken out the Dark Knight, but now it’s got to take on Superman and he didn’t come alone.
Zdarsky is showing a comprehensive understanding of the DC Universe and its core characters. When characters pop up in Batman they don’t read like strangers, instead coming off in their most consistent, classic portrayals. That’s key in this issue since it’s heavy on the guest appearances.
That said, Zdarsky doesn’t lose sight that this is a Batman title and lets the events unfold through Batman’s perspective.
There’s an editor’s note that this story takes place in that nebulous span of time before Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. The way most DC titles have ignored this game-changing event hasn’t exactly earned it much credibility. Regardless, providing some timing to the story was appreciated.
Jorge Jimenez’s art is spectacular. This is a big budget blockbuster style action extravaganza and Jimenez is clearly up to the task of making this carnage play out smoothly. The detail in character costumes and background is astonishing and Jimenez gets how various characters move ensuring they’re consistent with their varied attack strategies.
Tomeu Morey’s color work is brilliant with sharp red and yellow contrasts and dazzling energy effects.
Batman is in excellent hands with this creative team, who continue to surpass expectations with each installment. This title is clearly operating on a can’t miss status and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon.
Rating: 10 out of 10