Saturday, February 21, 2015

Batman Eternal #44 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

This issue has an usually narrow focus for this series.  Bluebird tries to stop Spolier's attempt to escape.  Some former Arkham prisoners finger a "Professor Milo" as responsible for its "transformation," if you will, of Arkham.  Bats stops Milo from fleeing Gotham, but then some spirits attack him, promising "the truth."

Even with these limited events, Snyder and Tynion manage not to give us all the information that we need to understand them.  For example, we never learn how the prisoners knew that Milo was involved.  It seems weird that he would've been so obvious in helping whoever it was that he helped; after all, he was endangering the prisoners' lives, and they're not exactly the sort of people to take that lightly.  Moreover, Milo claims that he combined his science with the mastermind's magic to do whatever it was that they did to Arkham, but it's unclear how that worked exactly.  Was it all just elaborate hallucinations?  If everyone was just hallucinating, what actually took down Arkham?

We've never really spent a lot of time on the Arkham sub-plot, so I can't say that I really understand where Snyder and Tynion are going with this one.  I guess we'll see next issue when we, allegedly, learn "the truth."

** (two of five stars)

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