The Batman corner of the DC universe is filled with some of the most colorful and iconic characters in all of comics. Batman’s rogues gallery and allies flesh out a world adding interesting flavor and color to it all. With the launch of Batman: Eternal we’re promised a greater exploration of that world, instead of revolving around and focusing on the center that is the Dark Knight. A massive cast of Gotham City’s best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. That’s a pretty grand promise and high hopes for this, a new weekly series, so does it hold up to the expectations?
In this debut issue, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law! Kicking off in an interesting way, cementing the idea this first story isn’t Batman centric, we’re introduced to a new Gotham PD officer, fresh off the train, almost a reflection of the early days of Jim Gordon. The new officer, Bard, is talked to that there are sides to choose within the Gotham PD and that things won’t always be great for Gordon, a foreshadowing of what to expect in the first issue, instead of letting the story itself just play out.
The story is pretty good though, setting itself up like the beginning of a police procedural television show just before the credits role. What’s solid though is an interesting mystery being set up. There’s not only the issue with Gordon that finds him on the other side of the law, but also something in the beginning that’s has a nice bookend in the issue about it. The interaction of all of the characters is fantastic as well. The verbal jousting and patter is realistic and flows nicely.
Fabok’s art is fantastic for the issue. Each character looks unique and is identifiable, but the art style fits the gritty setting that is Gotham and Batman’s world.
I can’t say I’m totally blown away by the first issue, but it’s nice to see the Batman universe fleshed out to give us more than a man dressed as a bat. A good start that is best to see how it plays out.
Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read
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