Comic Review by Paul Fiander
Art by: Danny Miki, David Finch
Colours by: Jordie Bellaire
Cover by: Danny Miki, David Finch
Variant cover by: Tim Sale
Written by: Tom King
Over 20 issues in and Tom King has managed to stamp his mark on Batman, his brand of storytelling may not be for everyone but in my case I am fully invested in his approach. The addition of Gotham and Gotham Girl was an odd step that has paid off as it added a whole new dimension to Batman’s capabilities. In issue 20 though we get just a glimpse of what the Meta Human pair really mean to the Dark Knight.
The issue begins at the start of King’s run with Bruce riding a falling passenger plane, it was a bonkers introduction into the new Batman but in an odd way it felt completely natural for Bruce to be risking his life for the good of ordinary people he did not know. This is quintessential hero behaviour but unlike Superman there really is a high probability that Batman will not walk away from this rescue. This is perhaps why of all heroes the Dark Knight is my favourite; his fragility is there to be seen. He is human and has no special powers but through training, intelligence and a huge amount of cash he is able to overcome a host of adversaries. This has never been more evident than in this issue when he faces off with the colossal figure of Bane.
David Finch has really earned his money in this issue as Batman goes through one hell of a beating; however the colour work by the extraordinary Jordie Bellaire is a bit of a show stealer. From the green fluid flowing through Bane’s accessory tubing to the copious amounts of claret (blood) on display everything seemingly jumps off of the page to delight and thrill the reader.
Do I miss Scott Snyder on Batman? Yes but just because of the comfort blanket of the familiar. Tom King has now made this series his own and is crafting a series that will hopefully continue to build and become one of the true greats of Batman lore.
On a side note due to the way the story is played out even if you have missed a few issues or even the run to date you can jump onto this issue without fear of being lost. Obviously it cannot catch you up with all that has transpired but it works perfectly as an almost standalone story shining a light on the motivations and capabilities of the true hero of Gotham.