Sunday, January 25, 2015

Batman Eternal #40 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Nothing really happens in this issue, and, in a lesson the authors hopefully learn, it's actually one of the strongest issues of late for it.

This strength comes mostly from the fact that the issue doesn't veer randomly into other plots (for the most part), instead building on the developments from last issue.  Batman manages to trap the Riddler and return him to Gotham, and Vicky outmaneuvers her mysterious attacker and get her editor to the hospital.  The most notable event is Catwoman refusing the mastermind's offer to join his side and deciding to get to the bottom of his identity.  Is it maybe a little overly convenient that Catwoman suddenly (and correctly) decides that the answer will come by scrubbing the hit list to identify the most disproportionate bounty on the list?  Yes.  But, to be honest, I'm not going to push on this one, because it's the first time in ages that someone seems to be doing something that makes sense.  In fact, if we started calling this series "Catwoman Eternal," it might stop sucking.

All that said, we also seem close to getting to the bottom of the nano-virus, reminding me that this series will actually come to an end at some point.  For that reminder alone, I'll give it three stars.

*** (three of five stars)

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