Batman Eternal #28 Review

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Red Hood spills beers, Jason Bard's almost smears, and there's a whole lot of tears, in this twenty-eighth episode of DC comics' ongoing Batman saga. Jason Bard pays a price for his betrayal, Croc loses a friend, Batman arrives too late, and Catwoman gives in to the family business. I mean, moreso, I suppose. This issue will see big consequences in Catwoman's solo title, and I'm sure probably some influence on Batgirl's new arc.

 

"I'm Batman and I hang out in graveyards."

 

Batgirl was teetering on the edge (literally) of out-and-out killing Jason Bard for his actions. I can't really blame her. Bard's been working for Hush since before arriving in Gotham, made everybody believe he was trustworthy, and has since assisted in creating the chaos that now reigns in the city which makes Hush's plans work. The last straw for Babs, though, was that he didn't turn in evidence that would clear her father of the subway disaster. There's some interesting material here with Babs' rage and Jason Todd coming in to show her how ugly it is to be that kind of vigilante. It shows that Red Hood knows that while what he does works for him, he's not what Babs should be, and that extra push to get her to spare Bard was what it took to make her see that. We even see the resolution to their flirtation, with Jason admitting that it wouldn't work because she's still have a thing for Dick (who, as far as they know, is dead). He returns to his team, and to his own (unappealing) book, probably in time for that crossover with Supergirl in a recent issue.

 

Get your tongue out of her butt, already. We know she's better than you, because you're a terrible character.

 

Aw, poor Killer Croc. First the Ten-Eyed Man starts using his underground followers as sacrifices as part of, I don''t know, something I think that's connected to Deacon Blackfire (more next issue). Then Jason Bard tries to kill and/or arrest him (looking back at it now, the second seems more likely). When he tries to track down one of them, little Jade, who's been running messages back and forth between Selina and "The Lion", she's shot in the crossfire by that one guy (you know... that guy! Whatshisface). Croc's going to dececrate that guy's corpse.

 

Your average #GamerGate supporter.

 

Poor Selina. She's been through a lot lately. Falcone's return sort of ran her through the ringer, and trying to take the advantage of the chaos of the power vacuum his retreat left has come back to bit her on the shapely ass big time. While Batman has offered her a place on his Bat team, she's rejected him twice now within two issues, in favor of a completely different direction. Maybe she thinks Penguin had a point back when he told her that there was a natural order in the city and somebody needs to keep a hold on organized crime. Selina has decided that if she was in charge, she might be able to.

 

"I just asked if I was invited to the after party."

 

Anyway, a pretty well-written, well-drawn and colored issue. I really felt for the characters. But unfortunately, now we have to get back to that Arkham stuff.

 

Next issue: The inmates run the Asylum... into the ground!

 

- Penguin Truth
(2014)

 

I don't know. I think you're a real dick, myself.

 

Story: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Script: Tim Seeley
Art: Meghan Hetrick
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Lettering By: Dezi Sienty
Cover By: Claymann & Paul Mounts
Editor: Chris Conroy
Asst. Editor: Dave Wielgosz
Group Editor: Mark Doyle
Batman Created By Bob K--AHAHAHAHA, NO. Batman Created By Bill Finger