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Batman Eternal #8 - Guided by Darkness Review

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Gotham is falling apart and there's not much Batman can do to save it.

The Good

Finally, BATMAN ETERNAL feels like it's back on track. This issue gives a much more full scope of the story and starts to explore earlier story lines that were set up in previous issue, like what was going on with Stephanie Brown.

This issue makes the Battle for Gotham really come alive. For years, Batman has spent his time fighting corruption within the city and on the police force and it's all starting to fall apart, within this issue. We see the police force not cooperating with Batman like they used to because they're under the payroll of a certain returning crime boss. The issue heavily revolves around this story, and it gives the reader the idea of where this book is going and how everything will be changing in Gotham.

We get a bit more of Stephanie Brown and Vicki Vale in this issue and it's nice to see what Gotham's other characters are going while this main story is going on. There's so much for this book to cover, but it's actually paced incredibly well here, and it really leaves readers wanting more from the story and keeps them engaged for next week.

This issue has the art of Guillem March and it's fantastic to see March's style grace the pages of this book. His style really fits the book and gives the story and incredibly tense feel, mainly during the action sequences.

The Bad

There's some problems within the colors of the book. Everything feels pretty "brown." The shading, overall is good, but the palate is a bit bland. Close up shots look amazing, but the farther things get, the more muddied they become. Parts of the colors, and even a few cases with the art, feel a bit rushed and are missing the finer details.

The Verdict

This issue is a step back in the right direction. We're starting to see the growth of some earlier stories set up in previous issues and finally, there's a fuller-scope to this story as Falconi's grip slowly turns Gotham into what it once was, before Batman came around. March's art is really cool on here and gives this issue a pretty intense feeling. The only real downside was that the color palate was a bit to brown for the book. However, it's still a great on-going series and I highly recommend it.

15 Comments
Posted by War Killer

Is it me, or is DC building up Jason Bard to become the "new" James Gordon following this story?

Edited by manwithoutshame

It's hard for me to take Carmine seriously when he's wearing a white tank top with a rose emblazoned on it. We get it dude, you have an obsession with roses, but do you have to put them on every article of clothing you own?

Also he's touching and caressing roses in almost every panel, it's turning into a full-on fetish at this point.

Posted by Jayc1324

I agree with this review, the books feels like it has direction again, and the gang war plot is back on. Great issue, made up for the last one.

Posted by LCazT1996

It's hard for me to take Carmine seriously when he's wearing a white tank top with a rose emblazoned on it. We get it dude, you have an obsession with roses, but do you have to put them on every article of clothing you own?

Also he's touching and caressing roses in almost every panel, it's turning into a full-on fetish at this point.

Hahahaha. xD I'm sorry, but this gets all of my yes.

Edited by Maddpanda531

I'm glad to hear that it's finally back on track. I'm enjoying the series, but most of the issues have felt very separate from each other. Although, I'm sure they'll all tie back in later.

Posted by Jphu8414

More Stephanie Brown please!

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Good issue. I really hope they keep the number of issues dealing with the supernatural side of the story to a minimum.

Edited by entropy_aegis

This series is doing nothing for me,8 issues in and the plot has barely moved forward. Falcone's return doesn't excite me either,not in the slightest. He's out of his depth,you dont fight Falcone after going a few rounds with Joker or Ra's al Ghul,escalation is key feature in Batman stories and I hate how the New-52 has ignored that completely,what's next? Joe Chill decides to take over the world.

Posted by XescapetheliesX

Another great issue. This book has become one of my most anticipated reads each week. It's only on issue 8 of 52 so there is plenty of issues to tell the story and not have to rush things

Posted by comicbookfan93

Who was that in Hong Kong at the end?

Posted by ScarletBatman

@jayc1324 said:

I agree with this review, the books feels like it has direction again, and the gang war plot is back on. Great issue, made up for the last one.

and

I'm glad to hear that it's finally back on track. I'm enjoying the series, but most of the issues have felt very separate from each other. Although, I'm sure they'll all tie back in later.

The last four issues were dedicated to setting up each of the major story arcs and their cast. We are now returning to the three issue story arc format.

Who was that in Hong Kong at the end?

Snyder said on Twitter that she is a completely new character.

Posted by Jayc1324
Posted by comicbookfan93
Edited by ScarletBatman

@scarletbatman: I was hoping it was the new 52 Cassandra Cain

I think most people were. However, there is a rumor floating around that it could be a prominent character's daughter.

Posted by jdp180

I thought the chick at the end was Catwoman. Guess I was wrong. This issue was a nice step in the right direction. I am back to caring about this book. More Steph Brown. More Jim Gordon. More of the corrupt GCPD. They need to try and shoe horn Babs as well.