When Bats Cry (Batman #54 Comic Review)

Batman #54

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Matt Wagner

Colorist: Tomeu Morey

Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Cover: Matt and Brennen Wagner

Variant Cover: Tim Sale and Brennen Wagner

Last Issue:

By opening up to his peers in the jury, Bruce was able to convince them to vote Mr. Freeze not guilty, explaining his personal struggles with faith and establishing that the citizens of Gotham presume Batman to be god-like. He also shows us a darker side to the city’s justice system. When you bribe your way onto a jury to achieve such things, that’s not really justice either. Bruce now takes into account that he has been doing things all wrong and needs a new approach. He takes his mantle back and vows to start at square one.

This Issue:

Bruce has some run-ins with some less serious villains while working the Freeze case. Relieved of the cowl, Dick tags along and cracks every joke he can while holding Bruce up through his obvious depression. We’re taking a trip down memory lane with scenes of the tragedy that befell Dick when he was a Flying Grayson with flashbacks of Bruce helping him through the tough times, very similar to how Alfred once helped him. This is brought full circle with Dick now helping Bruce through this tough break up. Being dumped at the altar is hard, and not even Batman can shrug off a blow like that.

My Thoughts:

Tom King is showing his flair in his comfort zone with this issue and I’m not even remotely mad about it. Now showing us how Bruce is doing from the perspective of Dick, flashing back and forth from when he was a child with Bruce to present day. This issue is a slice of life style filler showcasing the relationship betweend an orphaned father and son, revealing to us nuanced motifs in small forms of nostalgia, how much they really know each other, and how Bruce once was there for Dick in a similar fashion. When times are rough, we could all use a friend like Nightwing and a cucumber sandwich.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
Sometimes filler is good. From my experiences, King has always excelled in this area. This specific issue I have a soft spot for. Growing up with Batman reading his comics to now having the great honor of reviewing them for you there has always been one constant the dynamic duo that pulls at my heartstrings. The importance of not allowing yourself to face the pain alone, no matter how much you think you have, having at least one shoulder to lean on can a big difference. No matter how super of a hero you are you're going to feel it. When the time comes, having someone break your fall can make the difference between being a dark knight or psycho killer clown.
Good
  • Great Character Development
  • Beautifly Written
  • Compelling
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Attention To Detail
  • Fantastic Writing
  • Emotional
Bad
  • 5 Issues Of Straight Filler
8
Great
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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