Review: Batman #6

bm_cv6_ds“I AM GOTHAM” epilogue. In this stand-alone tale, Batman seeks redemption as he tries to keep Gotham Girl from going down a dangerous path. But can the Dark Knight save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?

I’ve really enjoyed writer Tom King‘s take on Batman and his introduction of Gotham and Gotham Girl have been fun additions to the Batman myth.

Batman #6 is the epilogue to that as Gotham Girl deals with the loss of her brother and basically goes insane. It’s a bridge issue in a lot of ways as what comes next is set up, especially at the end where a deal with the devil is made.

What I really enjoy about King’s writing here is how he made me feel for Gotham Girl as she rambles on “talking” to her brother. It’s so sad you can’t help but feel sympathy for her. There is some trope-ish things we see in so many films and shows, but it works as Gotham Girl spirals into herself.

He also uses the opportunity to dig into how Bruce dealt with his loss in a somewhat new way that really emphasizes the Batman/Bruce Wayne dynamic.

Ivan Reis steps in for the art and I honestly didn’t notice too much. It lacks the flair that Finch brings to the series, but overall the art is still really solid. It wasn’t jarring at all, and it wasn’t until after I finished reading the issue did I go back to check out who did the art noticing it was slightly different.

The issue is a good one sort of wrapping up the previous arc and moving on to the next one. It also for me had me actually connect with Gotham Girl and feel bad for her. It puts the character over in some ways.

This is a good issue, but I go back and forth if it’s a buy or a read. For folks reading up to this point it’s probably a buy, but for new readers, maybe wait for the next issue to start.

Story: Tom King Art: Ivan Reis
Story: 8.15 Art: 8 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review