There’s no doubt about it: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and their Bat-team of writers are playing the long game with Batman Eternal.
And that’s what issue #2 is all about: the long game. Issue #1 gave us an inciting incident – James Gordon hypnotized and framed for a train crash – while issue #2 places all the chess pieces on the board for the grand story Snyder and company have planned.
Those chess pieces include the entire Bat-family, from core players like Red Robin and Batgirl to peripherary figures like Batwoman and Harper Row. And as they all react to Jim Gordon being thrown in jail, the enemies start to reveal themselves, too.
Boy, is this thing ever full of secrets.
It’s an old school espionage thriller as much as a superhero action movie, and I feel like I’ve already revealed too much.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has so many secrets, so many twists and so many Easter eggs, I pretty much can’t review it without spoiling it.
So here goes.
I’m not ready yet.
Why does it have to be now?
But it is now: Peter Parker is back, in case you haven’t seen the million teasers for next month’s Amazing Spider-Man #1, and that means Otto Octavius has to go somewhere.
Batman #29 is one of the most powerful comics I’ve ever read.
It’s an oversized issue, crammed with the finale of the Zero Year ‘Dark City’ storyline, but that’s not what makes it powerful.
It’s the first four pages. It’s the two parents, the one child, and the horrible knowledge of what happens next.
Mar. 12 Comics Preview: Captain Marvel flies again, Hawkguy and his bro team up and Batman battles the Riddler
It’s always a big deal when another Batman comic comes out, but this month it’s outshone by the relaunch of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s marvelous Captain Marvel #1. Plus, more Hawkguy!