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.
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.
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.