He’ll Never Be (Batman #57 Comic Review)

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Folktale Artists: Mark Buckingham & Andrew Pepoy
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Daniel & Morey
Variant Cover: Francesco Mattina
Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Assoc. Editor: Brittany Holzherr

Last Issue:

Bruce pulled out all the stops, facing every danger within and outside of reason to find who exactly is dumb enough to come into his city and shoot his family. Bartering his life against the barbaric tastes of an Apokalyptan and facing down a completely absurd amount of ninjas, nothing is stopping Bruce from finding the culprit. After weeks of mental and physical agony, Bruce finds purpose in his work when fueled by vengeance. Meanwhile, KGBeast, the man responsible for the shooting, is drinking with his father for one last time. When Beast does what’s necessary to stop from being found. It’s already too late, Batman has solved this part of the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Issue:

Its time for justice served in the cold of the tundra, Batman is on the trail. This time, however, it’s personal. KGBeast having just shot not only Dick but his own father as a means to sever all of his connections. The showdown ensues, and during the fight, the issue is juxtaposed with an old folktale about some animals falling into a hole. Shedding some light on a subtle similarity between the two combatants, while revealing one pivotal and important difference between the two.

 

 

 

 

 


Th
oughts:

This issue was different for what it seemed it was going to be if I wasn’t sure this Beasts Of Burden arc was going to be important later. I would argue that the whole thing was kind of rushed. Dick taking a bullet to the head on the roof of the GCPD is a big deal, and frankly a game changer in the Gotham Status Quo. Effectively turning the place into more of a fictional warzone than a city. Think about this, is shooting Nightwing in such an iconic place with such precision and skill anything short of a political assassination? I would say no.

 

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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
Hopefully, soon we will have more meat and fewer potatoes with these coming issues from King, the whole thing feels like he now cares about this new crisis. When Batman audiences were told these hundred issues would be the change Batman needs. So far, we've been given a 25+ issue tease of a relationship that never actually went how it was foreshadowed, 3 issue of amazingly critical and self-aware writing of the Batman that hasn't ever really been seen, and this would some up the past six months. I can't help but feel lied to. The only change that has been shown even remotely feel like a diary entry from King himself, in which the consequences of such haven't come to fruition. Disingenuous I'd say. I need some more from my Batman guys.
Good
  • Emotional
  • Attention To Detail
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Compelling
Bad
  • Getting to this point feels conmtrived and pointless
  • Too concise for what just happened
7
Good
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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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