Snyder, Tynion IV, Fawkes, Layman, Seeley, Fabok
Well, this issue topped the first! We are only two issues into the weekly series and yet this world feels HUGE! First we have Gordon’s plot. Arrested for seemingly causing an accident which resulted in the deaths of possibly hundreds, we find that Gordon is sitting in a jail cell awaiting his punishment. He doesn’t cause trouble or plead innocent. In fact, he is starting to believe that he may very well have done that which he is being accused. He blames factors such as age and exhaustion for leading to his mistake, but both he and Batman can’t bring themselves to believe that–though they can’t bring themselves NOT to believe that. Bruce decides he is going to apply his resources to their fullest extent in order to clear Jim’s name. His search brings him to Derek Grady, henchman of…
All the while: we get glimpses of the Bat-family (Batgirl, Batwoman, Reed Hood, Red Robin, Batwing, and Harper Row and her brother, Cullen); Selina snuggles her way into the picture; Vicki Vale struggles to begin the media feeding frenzy by dropping the Gordon story, but does so to appease her superiors; Bat-villain Dr. Phosphorus is hearing voices calling to him one name: Blackfire, an insane cult leader; one of my favorite men in green, The Spectre, makes an appearance, leaving us to wonder just how he is involved; and Mayor Hady is paid a visit from an old, unwanted acquaintance, the man behind Gordon’s framing, Grady’s crime boss: Carmine Falcone!
Didn’t I tell you this was huge?!? It felt like a new character was revealed each time I turned the page. And by showing off all these characters, hopefully this series will provide much-needed explanations for how they “fit” in the New 52 and which parts of the old universe they are keeping. Carmine was killed during what may be my favorite Bat-story of all time, The Long Halloween. Is his appearance in Batman Eternal a rise from the dead? Unfortunately, I don’t think that is the case. It appears Carmine was not killed, but rather ran out of town as Batman tells Catwoman. His death was important to both The Long Halloween and Dark Victory (his corpse is dug up), so most likely those tales are no longer in continuity. Perhaps portions of Year One are because of the scratches on his cheek which were given to him by Catwoman during the series. We don’t know yet.
But that is the beauty of this series. Batman Eternal offers a chance for DC and the slew of writers to provide readers with just that kind of information.
I decided to start using the rating system for those of you curious as to whether or not you should be picking this series up. This will also be for my own benefit because if the rating drops to poor, I’m cutting this series. It is just too expensive to buy if it is not good. Now, I will be rating the series as a whole, and not by individual issues. Let’s just say that for now you have nothing to worry about when it comes to picking this up!
Villains Month: Joker > Poor > Good > Great > Excellent