Batman: Eternal #13 Review

Will Jim listen to his son and take the easy way out and will Batman willingly hand himself over to the GCPD? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC Comics:

A demon from Jim Gordon’s past comes to haunt him in Blackgate while the Gang War threatens to rip Gotham City apart! Can Jason Bard keep the order without coming head to head with Batman himself?

BMETRL-13-4-e4a44The saga that is Batman: Eternal continues as Bard convinces Commissioner Forbes that he can catch Batman. This development along with all the others that featured in this issue really intrigue as despite the series continuing to crawl rather than run it remains captivating and entertaining.

Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV continue to manage the story of Batman: Eternal brilliantly with Tynion IV’s script and Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley‘s contributions also being outstanding. The overall tone of the issue along with the dramatic dialogue is what stood out in this issue with the Gordon family reunion being particularly enthralling. Tynion IV also does a stellar job of fading the reader with the twists and set-up work being very clever.

Upcoming Grayson artist Mikel Janin once again takes on the art duties on this series being joined by Guillermo Ortego. In all honesty it’s not easy to differentiate between these two artist work with the only real noticeable difference being the thickness of inks. Nevertheless the art proved to be outstanding with the detailed layouts and realistic character expressions being very appealing. In addition to this there was also some really striking panels with Jeromy Cox‘ colours enhancing them brilliantly.

Batman: Eternal continues to be a must read for Bat fans as though it may be creeping along development wise the overall tempo and content of the series remains at a high level. Highly recommended.

  • + Dramatic script from Tynion IV.
  • + Eye-catching art from Mikel Janin and Guillermo Ortego.
  • + Captivating twists.
  • - Story still creeping along.

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