Review: Batman #48

Batman #48 CoverMr. Bloom’s seeds have grown into an army that may turn all of Gotham City against its new Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne meets a mysterious stranger who could start a chain of events no one can stop.

Mr. Bloom hasn’t been my favorite bad guy, though I find him a bit interesting and in the right way he could have been a hell of a villain. We finally get his bigger vision here in Batman #48 as Bloom’s plan really gets rolling. It’s the usual villain rambling and in the end doesn’t make a lot of sense, or explain how his seeds work, but there’s some interesting potential about it all, though the chaos sewed feels like we’ve seen it before at various times.

What is good is the issue building to what we’ve know will happen at some point, Bruce Wayne returning to the mantle of the Bat. This issue builds and builds on that, but does so in a fascinating way. We can assume the stranger sitting next to him at the end of the last issue was a revived Joker, who also doesn’t have his memory. For a large part of the issue, among the backdrop of Bloom’s rambling, we get an interesting discussion between the “Joker” and Wayne as they sit along a lake. It’s a fascinating discussion and I found myself going back and rereading that section over and over. Writer Scott Snyder is strongest at this section, and it’s an interesting take on if Wayne should return to being Batman.

As always Greg Capullo‘s art is fantastic. There’s some cool images here as Bloom creates his chaos, but the thing I really like the most is the quieter moments between Wayne and “Joker” just talking. There’s some solid emotional range shown by Wayne as he reacts to what he’s hearing.

On its own, the issue doesn’t hold up, but as part of the bigger story Snyder is putting together it’s a vital issue. And that ending, it’s so nice to see.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

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