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Batman Eternal #48 Review

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Batman crash lands, Jason Bard takes a stand, things go as Hush planned, and beatings are at hand in this forty-eighth chapter of DC's weekly Batman scenic route. We discover that apparently all of the Bat Family's equipment can apparently be shut down from the Batcave, Blackgate's weekly prison riot has not inspired more rigorous security measures, Batman is the kind of guy who will leave a note on a dinged car, both Vicki and Stephanie are stupid, and Oswald Copplepot is friends with a diverse array of criminals. And, of course, we don't seem any closer to the "big reveal" that everybody already figured out a long time ago.

 

But hey, at least Cluemaster's returned! Because that's who we wanted to see again, Ripoff Riddler! Where's the Cavalier or Killer Moth when you need them?

 

Batman Eternal #47 Review

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Villains run amok, Alfred has more hard luck, Julia is chucked, and the city is proper f--- you get the picture, many little pictures in sequential order in this week's forty-seventh issue of its weekly Batman ruckus. And while I'm still clutching the pages screaming into them, "JUST SHOW LINCOLN MARCH ALREADY, WE KNOW HE'S BEHIND THIS!", this issue does seem to at least waste my time entertainingly, with the Bat crew taking on the well-stocked baddies while Batman makes his way back to the city (though if I were him, I'd call a few members of the Justice League for extra help).

 

Batman Eternal #46 Review

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He's been held up by a steel rod.

 

Is Batman Eternal? Or is it just taking an eternity to get to Lincoln March, the obvious villain behind all this? Lord Death Man mocks, Ra's al Ghul talks, and the villains have stocks in this forty-sixth entry in DC's weekly Batman decompression exercise. Though while my patience is waning, I didn't mind seeing Batman putting the pieces together, even if he got the wrong picture based on recent events. It's always good to see Ra's al Ghul, anyway, who enjoys messing with Batman's head about his legacy, and what villain knows Batman as intimately as Ra's (heh, aside from his daughter!)? And he's not the only immortal in this issue!

 

Batman Eternal #41 Review

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Hey, Tim... Tim... uh, you got a little something on your face...

 

A bird of blue debuts, nanomachines imbue, the Bat-Family looks screwed, and Steph gets out-kung-fu'd in this forty-first entry in DC's ongoing weekly Batman parade. We finally see what that final push that makes Harper Batman's newest partner is. We get the inclusion of yet another Batman rogue (who I should have seen coming), the comradarie and contentions both between Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon, and Jason Todd, and Harper's fateful decision. What we don't see, however, is Batman! Eh, it's all right, we've seen a lot of him lately.

 

Batman Eternal #37 Review

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Selina needs new drapes, Batman hunts down the escaped, and the story loses shape in this thirty-seventh installment of DC's weekly Batman jamboree. Batman's just now getting to tracking down the Arkham inmates that remain at large after the asylum collapsed. I guess you can only look at Hush in that big fish bowl for so long before getting bored. Meanwhile, Selina is living the high life of criminal kingpin, Jason Bard is too little too late, and Batwing's armor is haunted (yawn). It's all very impressively unimpressive.

 

Batman Eternal #34 Review

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Batman and Hush clash, Julia gets a trashed, and Bruce Wayne loses his cash, all in this thirty-fourth issue of DC's weekly Batman hootnanny. This seemingly ends the Hush portion of the story, with the bandaged baddie's defeat after several issues of encounters. However, things are only going to get worse for Batman because Hush's plan to cut him off from his resources has been a resounding effect. The city has taken control of Wayne's assets, Julia is down after being injured by Hush, Alfred grows ever wearier, and there's an even more startling revelation.

 

 

Batman Eternal #32 Review

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The key is blood, Bard should have gone "thud", and the Batsuit has crud on this thirty-second chapter of DC's weekly Batman hullabaloo. The new Commissioner of Gotham apparently hasn't learned his lesson and is still working with Hush. Batwing is finally rescued from the hole that was once Arkham Asylum. Julia is reunited with her father. Finally, Hush exploits Batman's own devices in a scheme to frame him. But the issue doesn't feel too jam-packed with events.

 

"Eh, it waxes and wanes. Look at Jason Todd."

 

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