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Batman Eternal #50

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By Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, June Chung

“Hmmm…how strange…Penny-one to Penny-two.”

“Oh lord, we have to use those names with each other?”

What’s the point of being in the Batcave if you don’t use secret code names?! That’s the best part!

The end is near with this week’s issue of Batman Eternal. With Batman on the edge, made clear by his ever-growing facial hair, (he had time to shave every day before? That’s exhausting in itself!) he spends this issue helping out his fellow Bat-family members while trying to piece together who could be behind all of this.

Taking to the scripting this week is James Tynion IV, one of the co-writers of the story along with Scott Snyder. Tynion spends this issue putting Gotham in even more turmoil (the rent in this city better be super low) as one of the villains not fighting a member of the Bat-family takes to the skies to deliver his own brand of torment (it’s hot…not in the “cool” way, but the burning make everything hurt way). With Gotham slipping from Batman’s fingers one has to wonder…was he ever really in control?

On the artwork in this week’s issue is penciller Alvaro Martinez, along with inker Raul Fernandez, and colorist June Chung. As described above Batman is helping out his fellow Bat-family members. This includes Batwing, who was dealing with Scarecrow. Scarecrow decided to send his little “crows” (the Wayne-Tech drones) out into the city, but Batman thought it better if that didn’t happen. A great scene fairly early on in the issue shows Batman flying in with each foot on a drone (See! He can fly whenever he wants!). The top panel showing the grizzled Bat looking down upon the frightened Scarecrow (iroooonic). The details by Martinez are fantastic; he is yet another great artist to have worked on this series. As Batman looms the city looks almost peaceful in the background…too bad it won’t stay that way for long. The lower two panels show a darkened Batman figure to the side putting on a gas mask as the toxin Scarecrow was hoping to release on the city ends up flooding his tower instead. Chung does a great job with the lighting in the top panel and the emergence of the thick green fog in the bottom two, which by the last panel is covering almost everything in the muggy green smoke.

Things aren’t looking good for the Dark Knight or Gotham…did he take too long solving the puzzle? Is it too late to save the city?

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