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‘Batman #65’ (review)

Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Guillem March
Published by DC Comics

 

The latest crossover between Batman and the Flash in both of their titles has been pretty great thus far. I do hate that there was such a break in the massive storyline by Tom King, but Joshua Williamson does a more than capable job of filling in here for this Batman issue(and the last). I’m actually impressed.

Why is it so good you may ask?

Well, the first thing is that Williamson plays it smart. He took a forgotten story thread from the beginning of King’s run and decides to go with it . And he’s got a great take on it too. Gotham Girl is wrecking havoc and it’s up to the Batman and the Flash to put a stop to her.

The issue starts with almost an origin story of Gotham Girl.

We see that it’s a parallel to the origin story of Batman. Except that it ends in a much happier way. Then we see her flying around in the present day. She is happily doing so. And she’s more than a little crazy.

From there, we see Batman and the Flash fighting a bunch of undead Gotham clones. It’s a brutal fight and it’s beautifully illustrated by March. The Flash and Batman know that Gotham Girl is going to Central City and they know that they have to stop her. She has an evil plan in place and she intends to enact on it!

The rest of the issue is Batman and the Flash chasing her down. The issue moves incredibly fast and it leaves you breathless. Williamson has spent the previous two parts setting things up and here he just cuts loose. The story is action packed and is damn exciting.

That’s also due to the artwork. March has always turned in great work, and this is no different. I love what he puts forth here and it’s kinetic and fast while never sacrificing the story. That is a pretty damn impressive feat indeed.

By the end of the issue we get to a really intense cliffhanger. We finally get to see the extent of Gotham Girl’s powers and it’s a hell of a note to leave us on. I was glued to this book from start to finish. It’s an impressive book and it works at a high level. My only hope is that the last chapter is as good as the three previous ones.

RATING: A

 

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