By Ray Fawkes, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, John Layman, Tim Seeley, Trevor McCarthey & Guy Major
Last week focused on Red Robin, now, the story revolves around Luke Fox (Batwing). Also, Jim Corrigan (The Spectre) finally comes to the forefront! Ray Fawkes pulls from the shadows the supernatural elements of Gotham City.
Ray Fawkes known for his work on the magical/supernatural characters of the DCU, finally has the opportunity to really put his stamp on this weekly title. I love these types of Batman stories, if done right. Luckily, Fawkes makes great use of Corrigan, who is drawn to dark arts centered in Arkham Asylum. By teaming him with a skeptical character, the perfect duo is set up for this plot. Even the majority of the villains used in this issue suit the material. It’s really a fascinating book since it’s such a departure from the first five issues. With Jim Corrigan coming out of the woodwork, maybe James Blood will somehow factor into Batman Eternal at some point…One can only hope!
Another new artist contributes to Eternal. Trevor McCarthy seems inconsistent with his work. Some panels and pages are very detailed, while others seem rushed. When it comes to conveying the intensity or darkness of an image, he delivers! One full-page shot has Corrigan and Batwing in silhouette preparing to enter Arkham. It’s beautifully eerie and definitely invokes a gothic style. Various settings such as Bruce’s library, the sewers and even the architecture of Arkham all point to gothic. By focusing on that approach, McCarthy and colorist Guy Major call to mind classic Batman material.
All around this was a refreshing book for Batman Eternal. Honestly, it makes me want to see The Spectre more in the New 52!