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Batman Eternal #21 - Ten Forty-Eight Review


This is where almost everything changes.

The Good

BATMAN ETERNAL and its weekly schedule has been setting the stage for Gotham City and the Batman Universe. There's been times it's felt like either too much was happening or not enough in a single issue. This issue definitely hits us with a lot.

With the weekly schedule, we're seeing some big changes. For example, it feels like Jason Bard just arrived at Gotham and he's moved up big time. Carmine's story has zipped by us as well. The changes we're seeing gives this an end-of-act-one feeling. At the same time, we clearly see big changes on the horizon. James Tynion IV and the Bat-crew have pulled out some big guns. Characters you wouldn't expect to see are showing up. Things have slowly been getting dark in Gotham but we're seeing none of that compares to what may be coming up.

Jason Fabok does a great job on the art. It's great seeing the detail in Alfred's face as he struggles with keeping secrets from his daughter or that crazy full page reveal of a character we wondered about and has now been revealed.

The Bad

It might be hard to believe but there's almost too much going on here. We're seeing characters revealed or making their return and secrets and betrayals are being revealed. There's a lot of jumping around from scene to scene or character to character. It's almost the opposite with what we've had in some issues. This is a weekly book and it feels like a lot was crammed into this one issue as if there was a time crunch. We barely get the chance to process the big happenings.

The Verdict

This issue shows that it is definitely on in Gotham City. Batman might think he has all the answers but we're seeing a whole new game is about to begin. With the weekly schedule, it can be easy to get behind an issue or two. This one shows you why you can't let it happen. Jason Fabok's art captures each moment with brilliance. The next phase of the overall story is being presented here and you won't want to miss it. Some of the developments and betrayals feel like a bit much but we're definitely on board to see what could possibly happen next.

22 Comments Refresh
Edited by NightFang

Can't wait to hear about Hush's return in Friday's podcast.

Posted by noj

Such a cool issue! This and Futures End were great this week. Cant wait to see where the story is headed!

Posted by detective38

Kind of expected this but still a good issue

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

Hey do you think you could review this week's Secret Origins issue? it was really good and I want people to read it.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Can't wait to hear about Hush's return in Friday's podcast.

WHen and where did he return?

Edited by danhimself

@nightfang said:

Can't wait to hear about Hush's return in Friday's podcast.

WHen and where did he return?

this issue

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@madeinbangladesh said:

@nightfang said:

Can't wait to hear about Hush's return in Friday's podcast.

WHen and where did he return?

this issue

damn too bad I dropped this series

Posted by LordoftheNorth

any one have any guesses who "mother" is

Posted by knightofthechronicle

Yes! I knew things would start to pick up! Just read the entire series thus far today and I can't wait to pick this up!

Posted by Jyger85

Can't say as I'm too thrilled that Jason Bard is a bad guy now. He better be under mind control at the very least.

Posted by obsidian_raindrop1

Please review secret origins.

Edited by CaptainHoopla

Wow! I've been enjoying this series more than I thought I would for a weekly, but this issue stepped up my excitement another notch. I definitely wasn't expecting that certain character to show up. $#!% just got real.

Posted by czechoslovakia

Great issue with some genuine surprises. I miss Jason, Babs, and Kate. glad there's no month long wait to find out what happens next.

Edited by Jayc1324

This series is finally picking up steam.

And I never knew alfred was a marksman with one shotting skills.

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Great issue. The action and shocks were non stop. Probably my favorite comic this week.

Posted by comicbookfan93

@jyger85: honestly red flags were popping when I read last weeks issue and he claimed he wanted to be commissioner

Posted by BatmanvsSupermanBatmanwins

Can't wait for it to come out I have the last issue of this so YYYYAAAYYY

Posted by The_Titan_Lord


Posted by The Average Bear

@lordofthenorth: Hush, he was standing outside Wayne Manor when he was called that

Posted by The Average Bear

I suspected (the big reveal) all along. Right from the first panels of the whole series. When a new character gets introduced nowadays without putting on a suit, they usually end up as a villain

Posted by andreww154

The plot twist certainly caught me out.

The scene where Bard doesn't release Gordon and carries on walking beyond his cell was really unexpected (to me anyway).

Fabok does a great job on the art. One of the best issues in weeks.

Edited by kilowog52

Did anyone else notice that the cover credited Kyle Higgins but the interior credits credited John Layman?