SPOILERS: Detective Comics #976

Just making way for the Outsiders given recent news.

SPOILERS: Batman #42

I feel like there's something you could infer here...

SPOILERS: Batman: White Knight #6

At the end of the day, this is just a super weird love story.

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #975

Bet you can't guess where this is going based on the solicited covers!

SPOILERS: Batman #41

It's been too long since Batman punched his friends and loved ones.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #21

Remember how for the past month or so, I've been saying Batman Eternal needs a bit of kick in the ass? Well, turns out someone was listening, and an ass was kicked back into gear.

The Spoilers:

After ending the gang war, Jason Bard has been promoted to Commissioner, but on the heels of the good news, the bad news comes in the form of Gordon being convicted and sentenced to life in jail. The even worse news? Carmine Falcone is being extradited back to Hong Kong, but before he goes, he stops to have a few words with Rex Calabrese, the man who taught him everything... and the man he thought he killed a long time ago. Now that Falcone knows Calabrese is still alive, he makes a threat towards him and everyone he loves (Selina, probably) claiming not to be done with Gotham. You know who isn't done with Falcone though? Batman, who thanks to the Blackgate Warden, is able to zip Falcone up to his plane, and interrogate him. Bruce has got the evidence that clears Gordon, but none as to who set everything up, which Falcone finds hilarious. Falcone realizes that Batman has no clue as to what's going on, and gives the Dark Knight an invitation he got awhile ago that laid out everything from Gordon's fall to Gotham's demise.

With Falcone providing no useful information, Bruce then decides to pay a visit to Gotham's newest Commissioner, who just gets done having a heart to heart with Bullock about the city. Bruce still doesn't fully trust Bard, but gives him the evidence that clears Gordon's name, saying he'll be an ally they need. 

Back at Wayne Manor, Alfred and his daughter Julia are trying to have a conversation about their relationship. Julia senses something is up with Alfred, and he's trying to find the words to tell her why he's been so distant for so many years, but before anything can be said, an alarm in the manor goes off. Alfred leads Julia to a panic room, but knocks her out and takes her gun. He roams the empty halls of the manor, spitting out his British Army training, detailing the exact shot to the spine he'll take, but whoever snuck into the Manor gets a drop on Alfred. When Alfred turns around to see who it is, all he can say is "No, it can't be." And just like that, one Mr. Thomas Elliot, aka Hush, sticks of syringe of Fear Toxin straight to the head of Alfred.

Julia wakes up just in time to hear her father scream, and after unlocking the panic room, she finds her father on the floor screaming. After she calls an ambulance, Alfred tries to tell her that she needs to contact Bruce, but instead of explaining things, all he can do is point her towards the grandfather clock and the time of 10:48.

At Blackgate, Bard shows up to pick up Falcone, along with another prisoner who the Warden is really skeptical about releasing, Zachary Gates. Despite Warden Zarbatos' concerns, Bard dismisses her, and meets with Gates, asking if his associates have already contacted him. Turns out Bard is going to need an architect. 

As Bard leaves Blackgate, he gets on the phone with his "mother" and surprise, he's really talking to Hush, has been in league with him the entire time, and now Gotham is going to belong to them.


The Review:

Yup, that was the turning point that the book desperately needed. After a number of weeks of decent, but sort of water treading issues, Eternal is back into "Oh shit" mode, with the mastermind being Hush, and the other reveal of Bard being in on it the whole time. Definitely a game changer issue which acts as a shot of adrenaline, getting into the second half of the story. I'll say the issue did feel weird in the sense that it didn't have a bunch of cutaways to the various other plots going on, but obviously, the big shifts and changes to the story took a priority over everything else, which I don't have a problem with, really. Art was great, as usual for Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson, but was it just me, or did it look a little more... I don't know, "scratchy" to anyone else? Not a complain, just taking notice of something.

The Bottom Line:

Like I said, this was the issue Batman Eternal needed to get things really moving again, and it worked. The excitement is back, and I can't wait to see how crazy things get from here on out with the knowledge of what's to come, and what we've seen happen already.


  1. Rex (Lion) is Selinas father (The Cat) and she will end up the Mob Boss thru him...

  2. Wow. they managed to make Hush and Bard interesting.

  3. Do you think Hush is still Dr. Thomas Elliott under those bandages?

  4. I have to wonder if Hush is really the main villain, though if they want to try and make him more interesting and menacing, all power to them.

    Also, I love the crazy deep cut of Alfred's password being "Blue Rose", when Morrison had a bit way back in Batman 664 where it was established Alfred breeds blue roses known as "Pennyworth Blues".

    1. Given the cover to #25 and the resemblance to the opening page of the series, I'd say he's probably the mastermind. This plan fits him so well, I can't see him working for someone else.

  5. Very small, relatively inconsequential thing that I noticed in my print copy:
    (1) Alex Garner is the cover artist, but the interior lists Dustin Nguyen, and
    (2) Kyle Higgins' name appears on the cover in place of John Layman, but Layman is listed in the interior as a contributing writer with no mention of Higgins.
    Nit-picky, I know. But c'mon DC editors...

    1. Yeah, i don't know how they get that shit wrong. I'd be embarrassed if that kept happening, and it totally does at DC.

    2. If I had to hypothesize, and it's not a novel idea, the recent exodus of editors (e.g., Marts, Kubert) is at least partly responsible for these kinds of mistakes. I know other DC editors have moved on in advance of the west coast move next April-May. It has to make one wonder if this kind of thing is only going to get worse in the foreseeable future...

    3. Oh no, this sort of shit like crediting the wrong artist on the cover has been a problem for a long time now, and I don't think it's on the editor's end

  6. I hope at some point the villain master plan is explain. Why the main bad guys would lure Falcone into Gotham City just to have him arrested after a while? Why invite chaos and then stop it? To gain Batman trust? If that is the case, I do not think it work because Falcone’s arrest causes Batman to distrust Bard rather than trusting him. Either way, the story is taking a very intriguing direction.

    1. Bard's angle was to get into Gordon's old position of power, which he did by ending the gangwar.