Batman Eternal #1
Writers: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Consulting Writers: Ray Fawkes, John Layman & Tim Seeley
Art: Jason Fabok
No Spoilers Review (except for some name dropping).
After being announced back in October 2013, Batman Eternal #1 has finally hit the stands. So was the wait worth it? Yes it was.
Scott Snyder has been writing Batman for almost 3 years now, and the man does a wonderful job, if you don’t believe me please do yourself a favor and read Batman: The Black Mirror.
The opening pages in this book give you a glimpse at what’s to come in this series, and it is going to be one heck of a ride. The art duties go to Jason Fabok in this issue, if you’ve been following Detective Comics, then you know you are in for a treat. Fabok’s pencils have a cinematic aspect to them that makes this issue a beauty to behold. Moreover, the way he details the characters facial expressions allows the reader to feel and see what the character is going through.
The dialogue on this book is strong, especially when it comes to the frames including Commissioner Gordon and Batman. However, some characters needed more than two lines in this book, Maggie Sawyer for example. Two characters are introduced in this issue and, in my opinion, are there to represent the light versus/dark elements of Gotham City. Major Forbes of the GCPD and lieutenant Jason Bard (keep your eyes open for this guy, I’m sure he will be important), with the former being a perfect interpretation of a corrupt cop.
This issue provides a perfect jumping point for new readers of Batman; you do not need to know what has happen in the last 30 issues of the Snyder written book to get this. Snyder along with James Tynion IV do a great job a setting the table for what promises to be an engaging story.
As a fan of Batman, I can pretty much read anything Batman and be happy with it and Batman Eternal #1 is no exception. Will I be back for issue 2? Yes, am I in for the long run (60 issues)? I don’t know.
Although this is a very good debut (A-), I feel that there were some characters that needed more time in the limelight. A strong first issue, that needs to be read if you are a fan of Batman.