SHIT, SON… Man, there’s a lot to talk about with Batman #28, much more than I could in my review, so this post is a mix of spoilers/opinion on everything Batman #28. This was one of those issues that when I read it, I was taking notes on the side of things that were mentioned, questions I had, and so on. That said, I did read this issue for the first time around 1am Tuesday morning, and I’m writing this before today (Wednesday) where I’ll read it again, so I may have missed some details in my weird mental combination of being exhausted and excited at the same time, which you can comment about, and I might edit the post to reflect my thoughts on anything I may have missed.
So that said, obviously, if you haven’t read this issue yet, don’t bother with this post, because reading it will be a whole lot better than just reading what I say about it. So, SPOILERS.
Going down my list, the first big hint as to what’s going on in this Batman: Eternal world, is the mention of an infection of some sorts. Harper mentions that ground zero was the Narrows, so it makes it seem as if this was an attack of some sorts… by who or what, that’s hard to say, as we don’t have a whole lot of information to go off of. If I had to make an educated guess, just by looking at the Thanksgiving teaser, I’d say maybe Pyg has something to do with it? We’ve seen him spread a disease of sorts before, so something biological may be right up his alley. Harper also mentions that her brother has been infected, which I’m not sure I buy. She may be lying just to attempt an appeal to emotion towards the guy she’s trying to get info out of. More on Cullen later.
The next thing I noticed was the sort of police state Gotham has become… but perhaps without the actual police. The very first page we see a whole lot of security cameras on the streets of Gotham, then when Harper’s cover of sorts is blown, it’s mentioned that scans of her face don’t show up on the database, which essentially means she doesn’t exist in Gotham. That makes it seem like there was an event in Gotham that called for some security that would make the NSA look like fucking Paul Blart Mall Cop. This also may contribute a bit more to the idea that Batman has lost Gotham, which is brought up by Selina.
Then of course we’ve got Harper, who has gone full on vigilante, with her love for electricity front and center. The big question was “Is she the new Nightwing!?” Which is something I never bought into, saw the reasoning, or thought was a great idea. Why was Nightwing the go to guess? Because she was wearing blue? Well, that doesn’t mean anything because Nightwing isn’t blue anymore. Plus, Nightwing has never been a mantle that was passed on from one hero to the other like Robin, it was created to be the very exact opposite of that, and to put someone in it other than Dick, for real, not like… Brothers in Blood, would be somewhat insulting to A LOT of fans, a good number of which are somewhat lukewarm on Harper at best, and giving her Dick Grayson’s ID wouldn’t help that. I think Snyder and everyone else involved knew that, and thus we get Bluebird, which I’m perfectly fine with. This turn for Harper was pretty obvious since Batman #18, so I’m really looking forward to how she gets there, and under what circumstances does Batman actually tolerate it.
There are a ton of other questions surrounding Selina. How did she get to this position? Why is there a nearly one-billion dollar bounty on her head? What happened between her and Batman that made things go so sour? So. Many. Questions. But man, I love where Selina is at in this issue. This raises a question as to what happens to her book once we start getting into Eternal time? This is a huge status quo shift, and to ignore it would be a fucking bizarre turn of events. My theory? I really think Catwoman will be cancelled, and relaunched in some form or another. We’ve already seen some shake ups with that book, as Nocenti was dropped in March’s issue. On Monday, I initially thought the last minute change in writers was due to the fact that Catwoman actually dropped in sales within a crossover, which is fucking unheard of, but this status quo shift really seems to imply some big things are coming Catwoman’s way.
So if I had to bet, I’d say we see Sholly Fisch write a few issues of Catwoman, then it gets cancelled like Nightwing, with clear intent to do something new with the character. I could totally see a new type of Catwoman book where Selina is the crime boss of Gotham, walking that line of being a criminal, but a responsible criminal at the same time, only at the highest possible position. It’d be something truly unique for the character, and something unique in terms of types of books DC publishes, I’d really like to see this happen. Who knows, DC could keep the book running and just have it be a new arc/direction, but I think if they want to really maximize the exposure, they need to do the Marvel route, cancel the book, and relaunch it with a new #1 to get as much press as possible. All this being said, if they don’t address this in any meaningful way within Catwoman’s book… That’d be so fucking stupid of them.
So that's it! If you're not excited for Batman: Eternal and whatever else is coming Gotham's way, well then tough shit, have fun not enjoying Batman comics for next year! To all those with me, man is this about to turn into one crazy ride. You know what made me really excited? Looking at the Thanksgiving teaser and realizing there's so much more to address. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks.