Batman: Eternal #18 Review

What horrors lurk in Gotham’s sewers, besides Killer Croc? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC Comics:

Batgirl, Batwoman and Jason Todd race to find evidence that may save Commissioner Gordon!

BMETRL-18-4-2eceeBatman: Eternal shifts it’s focus in a different direction, and considering the mediocre development of Jim Corrigan and Batwing, I for one am extremely happy. In this issue we see Batman join Jason Bard in an investigation that leads them into the sewers; Killer Croc’s domain. Meanwhile Batgirl, Batwoman and Red Hood continue to look for evidence that’ll rescue Jim Gordon from jail, whilst the man himself gets used to having Falcone and Penguin as housemates.

Tim Seeley handles the script for this issue with the magnificent team of Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV working on the story, and Ray Fawkes and John Layman acting as consulting writers. Having done a wonderful job of writing Killer Croc in the Villains Month issue I had no doubt that Seeley would succeed here, and along with Batman’s stone cold analysis it proved very intense. In addition to this the development from Batgirl, Batwoman and Red Hood was very entertaining, leaving us with a gripping cliffhanger.

Andy Clarke tackles his second issue in Eternal, yet again delivering outstanding work. The detailed, and textured pencils along with the sharp and powerful inks makes Clarke’s art stand out clearly, with the dynamic layouts making it all the more intense. In addition to this he also delivers terrific scenery, with the difference in tempo between the sewers, and land being like very noticeably. Rounding everything off we get striking colours from Blond, with the overtone being simply perfect next to Clarke’s art.

Batman: Eternal turns things around, once again being the exciting series that we all love. Highly recommended.

  • + Beware Killer Croc!
  • + Tim Seeley delivers an exciting script.
  • + Andy Clarke's detailed art is wonderful.
  • - Wanted more from the Gordon development.

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