Batman Eternal #10
By Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley, Riccardo Burchielli & Dave McCaig
Gotham is still in bad shape (for real this time), but luckily Batman is on clean-up duty as Falcone is forced to listen to farm related humor via Professor Pyg (a fate worse than most). Scripting duty is handed to John Layman this time around with consulting from Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley. We’re given a nice show in this issue revolving around the idea that Gotham is overrun by “animals”, and constantly reminded of it by both Falcone and Pyg.
Layman continues the story of Gotham’s corruption, jumping right back to where last issue left off, but Catwoman doesn’t seem too worried (I think she knows Batman is never too far away). Keeping stride with previous issues we’re given more cameos and teasers to upcoming stories, but for the most part this one revolves around what took place at the end of #9.
Art by Riccardo Burchielli successfully sculpts Gotham and its familiar faces along with colors by Dave McCaig. A scene showcasing the talents of both takes place in a high-rise as Batman makes short work of a few cronies (doesn’t he always?). Batman goes from his usual colors to a brown frame before becoming a silhouette on the page’s third panel, all the while dancing around baddies and throwing punches.
If you’re looking for another Batman book (of course you are!) this series keeps on leading towards a huge event, giving the reader a plentiful dose of Batman beat-em-up along the way.
Then Batman came and saved the day EE-EYE-EE-EYE-OH!