Comic Review: Batman #10 (DC Comics)

“ Maybe you, too, will stop feeling the love left behind and just feel left behind. And then, maybe then..the kiss will finally last.” Tom King continues his newest arc […]

“ Maybe you, too, will stop feeling the love left behind and just feel left behind. And then, maybe then..the kiss will finally last.”

Tom King continues his newest arc with chapter 2 of the I AM SUICIDE arc within the pages of Batman #10.

The issue opens with Batman in his fighter jet flying towards the sovereign state of Santa Prisca. The mission is to retrieve Psycho Pirate from Bane and put him in custody. In the wake of this, Batman faces off against waves of Bane’s armed men as they all converge in Batman’s direction. If this is suicide, then Batman appears to found it. There is a lot more than what I mention, but by the time Batman reaches his destination, it’s only the tip of the iceberg as the issue progresses.

Tom King does a good job at staging the direction of the issue. Especially balancing out the action that is displayed as Batman, Bane, and his army are all showcased within the comic. Tom King is making this Batman run very interesting, connecting each arc all the way to the beginning of his run. What seems to be most appealing is the unreliable narrator that is narrating as Batman progresses through Bane’s fortress. Through all of the narration, it starts off unclear, making the reader wonder who is narrating this handwritten thought process. By the time you get to the end of the issue, it becomes clear who’s thought process that the reader is reading, and for that, it’s executed very well.

Mikel Janin’s art is very strong in this issue. Batman’s struggle through Bane’s army is very overwhelming in a good way. Janin really does a fantastic job at making the confrontations feel as brutal as they are heavy. Every impact feels earth breaking, whether Batman is dishing out the hits, or taking the hits. Bane is just drawn in such a way that is more intimidating than any appearance prior other than when Bane first appeared or a Kelly Jones drawing.

This is a great action packed issue that promises to show more promise as the current story arc progresses.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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