Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Batman #28 Review

Writers: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Artist: Dustin Nguyen

Who is Bluebird? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC Comics:

A new story that flashes forward to the upcoming weekly series BATMAN ETERNAL! This special issue, written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion with art and cover by Dustin Nguyen, will provide a peek at 
what's to come in the weekly series, with glimpses at some key characters in the series.

Zero Year has been a terrific story so far, but in saying that it's nice to get a break from this long story. And what better way than by getting a sneak peak into the Batman event of the year: Batman Eternal?

Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV give us yet another Harper Row centred story, with her now being a part of the Bat-Family as Bluebird. This was inevitability, and the fact she's now Batman's official partner only strengthened her as a character. Added to this the fact that she's her own unique hero, alongside her fantastically designed costume and I for one look forward to seeing more of this new Dynamic Duo. The story itself also had a lot of suspense and drama, but besides Bluebird's revelation it'd be the shock ending that'd catch my attention the most in this issue.

Well known Batman artist Dustin Nguyen took over art duties for this issue to allow Greg Capullo more time to work on the next part of Zero Year. Now I've always enjoyed Nguyen's Batman art, as despite some of his other work being less appealing he usually delivers on Batman. This was no different here, with his style giving a dark and intense tone, whilst his layouts gives some structure and impact. Nguyen also adds yet more intensity through the facial expressions, which also give a realistic tone to the interactions.

This glimpse into Batman: Eternal is nothing but a big tease, and if nothing else will make you want to give this issue a try the shocking ending certainly will.

Rating: 10/10