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Batman #24 takes a big breath of fresh air and relaxes after the chaos of I Am Bane, and The Button. These issues are a nice change of pace before large story-line starts, which it will again soon with The War of Jokes and Riddles. Tom King delivers another issue where we get to reflect on all of the chaos, before things inevitably get insane again.
There is some fantastic dialogue between Gotham Girl and Batman in this issue, with her wanting him to show her what to do, and show her the way, but Batman says she needs to find her own path. This makes sense, with what Batman has dealt with in the past, with Jason Todd, and the other young heroes he has trained. He does however give a bit of advice, considering the fact that she is an actual super-powered being, in that she should train to fight without her powers, so she can be prepared in case she loses them. I loved the reflection and fun poking at Superman, with the fact that Batman is just a man, and had to learn how to fight, as opposed to being given powers. The jab at “Up, up, and away!” made me laugh.
Much like Superman #24, this issue also switches the art style between David Finch and Clay Mann, and both are excellent artists. They do different pages throughout the book, and not all of them sequential. I found this worked a little better than in Superman, with how this issue was told, with it going between Batman and Gotham Girl, and Batman and Catwoman. The colors by the great Jordie Bellaire are as good as expected, while the inks by Danny Miki and Seth Mann add to the story in a meaningful way. When the story is showing Gotham Girl going around the city with Batman, the scenes are brighter, and they reflect hope, but when we see Batman with Catwoman, we see deep shadows, as they reflect the darkness to their relationship. When it comes to the Cat, the Bat shows his flaws. He is scared, and isn’t afraid to be himself around her. Selina seems to feel the same way. Their love appears to be real, but inside they both hold a lot of darkness, and the inks show that so well. It is effective storytelling.
The ending of this issue leaves us with a jaw dropping panel that made me both smile and cringe. It looks like we are going to wait awhile to see what the outcome and fallout of this moment is, as The War of Jokes and Riddles begins next.
Story: Tom King Art: David Finch & Clay Mann Inks: Danny Miki & Seth Mann
Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Deron Bennett
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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