Review: Detective Comics #977

“Batmen Eternal” Part Two
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Javier Fernández, Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira
Review by Steve J. Ray
Batwoman and The Colony turn up the heat in the second thrilling chapter of “Batmen Eternal.” The General, ever intent on winning over Tim Drake, gives him another glimpse of his possible future, as bait. The stakes are as high as they can possibly be, with the fates of Batman, and all of Gotham City in the balance.
Man, that James Tynion knows how to write a comic, doesn’t he?
The scenes with future Tim at college really brought back some happy memories. I used to love the relationship between Ives that Tim back in the 90s. Seeing these two old friends reunited really made this old fan smile. The scenes with an aged Batman fighting The Colony and Batwoman, however… wow! This really is future imperfect.

Eternal Flame

Regular Dark Knight News readers will know that I’m not a fan of having two art teams in one issue. Usually splitting the story can prove jarring, and make the story feel disjointed. Thankfully both art teams are rock solid, and Mr. Tynion has split the past and present arcs admirably.
Eddy Barrows’ pencils with Eber Ferreira’s inks always please. Their smooth. flowing style really fit the possible future well. Javier Fernandez’ more earthy, gritty interpretation brings the story crashing straight back into the present, giving the tale texture, and gravitas. The color art of John Kalisz and Adriano Lucas tie a gorgeous little bow around this gift of a comic book.
As always Sal Cipriano deals with more letters than the post office in a legendary manner.

Conclusion

It was great seeing Tim working with Bruce again, but I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Will he follow Ulysses’ path? Has Kate been totally lost to The Colony? Are our heroes doomed to fulfil Bat-Tim’s prophesied future?
I’m in for the long haul… Bring it on, Detective Comics!
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on March 30th  2018)

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