Batman Eternal #52
By Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, David Lafuente, Allen Passalaqua, Gabe Eltaeb, John Kalisz, John Rauch, Steve Wands
“Tonight, we all need to be Batman.”
The city was plunged into chaos, Batman outsmarted and beaten, fires raged throughout Gotham…and then…Batman looked up through the darkness…his eyes burning….and said…”Shut up, Lincoln.”
Scott Synder along with James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, and Kyle Higgins finish strong with their year-long story that put Batman through one of his toughest trials ever. Whatever happens to Batman though, and as this series has made clear, there isn’t anything that’s going to stop him from protecting his city.
Taking on the scripting this week is James Tynion IV as he puts the finishing touches on this year-long series. Everything gets wrapped up as we get a look into how the mastermind behind it all was able to pull it off as well as a look into why Batman is such an iconic character — as if we needed the reminder. This is an explosive issue where all your wildest dreams come true and everyone joins in to save Gotham city.
The artists on this issue are aplenty, even giving some pages to writers Tim Seeley and Ray Fawkes we see this issue met with loads of returning artists. Let’s see…there’s Eduardo Pansica, and Julio Ferreira, Robson Rocha, oh and also Guillermo Ortego, David Lafuente, Allen Passalaqua, Gabe Eltaeb, and John Kalisz, with John Rauch, and Steve Wands. One of the standouts of the issue comes via page 5, which is done by both Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira. The page features Lincoln standing over his prey as he stares down a stumbling Bruce Wayne. Behind Wayne is the broken bat-signal and a wall of fire covering the city. The symbol etched into Wayne’s skin as he gets to his feet to prove he doesn’t need a mask to be Batman. The intensity of the scene works great for showing just how low Gotham has gotten, but Wayne getting to his feet in this scene to stand before the opposing villain is a great look into his character. He doesn’t have powers, but he has way more resilience than any other hero out there.
The year of reading Batman Eternal every week has ended. No more staring into magnificent art while watching Batman run around trying to solve mysteries with his gang — A TALKING CROC!
This series put Batman through the ringer, but he came out on the other side stronger than ever. And with Snyder’s current run on Batman that takes place after these events it’s clear Gotham never catches a break. Luckily Batman doesn’t require any sleep…or food…water…oxygen…so he’ll always be there to protect it!