Batman #24 Review

Posted June 8, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Tom King

Art by: David Finch, Danny Miki, Clay and Seth Mann

Published by: Dc Comics

What can one say about a book like this? It is pure brilliance, pure simple brilliance. It’s not trying to open up any new huge arcs, there are not any huge action moments, it is a perfect small, personal Batman story. Tom King manages to show us why Batman is a great character and why he is maybe the most important superhero next to Superman in comic book history.

This particular Batman run has always been successful when we have these more intimate stories, and not when we have either crossovers or when the book tries to do something unnecessary (see Night of the Monster Men). It’s not that King is not great at telling those stories, but his style is more fitting to more a intimate deconstruction of the characters. Those arcs were what make Batman stand above the usual super hero stories of this era, only few can stand shoulder to shoulder with it.

The art is done by two power houses, between David Finch and the combination of Clay and Seth Mann and usually when you have different artists on a same issue in most cases you have not only the conflict ideas, but conflict of styles. This book completely side steps that as a problem as Finch and Mann’s styles complement each other and they end up bringing the best out of each artist.

This is clearly evident in some of the later pages, which do end up some of the most important pages in recent Batman mythos. They become important because one other thing becomes canon about Batman’s story, and it can either be seen as an easter egg if people were following Batman throughout different media. Needless to say is that connection, and just sheer care that was taken to tell this story is what makes it rise above others. It could be slow for some readers as there is not any big sequences, but for those that like to explore Batman as a complete character it is a near perfect book.

People were wondering how Tom King would come in and take over on Batman after Snyder and Capullo run of the
New 52, which was one of the bright spots of that era of DC Comics history, and the answer is with extreme ease. It is now clearly evident that King understands the character, is a fan of the character, and ultimately is given enough clout and control to tell the stories that he wants to tell, not being pressured by the executives. That being ultimately why these books work on a level they do, and if you are a fan of a character, get this run.

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