Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Batman Eternal #41 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I'm thrilled to see Harper debut as Bluebird in this issue, because, OMFG, she and Spoiler seem to be the only ones who aren't idiots in the Bat-family.

To be fair, I didn't anticipate the Mad Hatter infesting Batgirl, Red Hood, and Red Robin with the nano-virus.  But, I'm not the all-knowing and all-seeing Red Robin.  He's dealing with a nano-virus that seems to spread easily, but he waltzes into the place where the children with said virus are all concentrated without a protocol to defend against infection?  Moreover, he takes Batgirl and Red Hood with him?  In issue #36, Batman dispatches the three of them not just to solve the nano-virus mystery, but also discover who destroyed Arkham and who hired Falsairo to frame Jim Gordon.  Although we discover how Falsairo did it (by swiping Tetch's technology) in this issue, we're still not any closer to an answer on those questions.  Should the three of them really be assembled together researching just one of them?  The answer, as we learn in this issue, is clearly not.

[Sigh.]  We do take one more step closer to getting to the preview that we saw in "Batman" #25, as one of Catwoman's agents kidnaps Spoiler for her own safety.  But, that also raises the possibility that no one will figure out anything between now and the time that we actually hit that issue, and the denouement of this series will be when Batman eventually learns the identity of the mastermind and his plans from Spoiler.  If that happens, so help me, I will not be a happy camper.

** (two of five stars)

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