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‘Batman #66’ (review)

Written by Tom King
Illustrated by Jorge Fornes
Published by DC Comics


Tom King is back writing this title! After a couple issues away, it was good to see King scripting Batman again!

It’s also good to see he is continuing his “Knightmares” storyline and picks right up from where he left off! It was a bit aggravating to have a fill in right in the middle of a storyline, but all that is forgotten now as King delivers yet another exceptional issue.

This issue endeared itself to me right away. The opening scene is Selina Kyle being interrogated by The Question.

I had no idea that The Question was going to be in this issue. When I saw him, I immediately jumped for joy.

The Question is one of my favorite characters and I love that they are bringing him back into the DC Universe. And Tom King is writing him so that’s immediately exciting as well.

And King has a great handle on the character!

Basically, the entire issue is structured around the interrogation. Selina recounts some of her past encounters with Batman through the years.  And it’s smartly done. King writes a story that functions on many different levels and it works better than I could have imagined.

Eventually, the Question digs deep into the relationship between Bruce and Selina. He really gets to the heart of it. The revelations are actually very surprising and heartfelt. King focuses the story on emotions and about the character’s failings. It’s called “Knightmares” for a reason and it earns that title.
The art by Fornes is the real surprise treat here. He evokes a “David Mazzucchelli Year One” style and uses it to maximum effect here. I should say he just evokes the style, but doesn’t imitate.  The flashbacks especially are nicely done, and they tell the story perfectly, especially where Fornes puts the characters in the frame of each image. It’s excellent and expert.

It’s good to see King back on the title. It’s even better to see he picks right up where he left off and gives us another fine issue of this comic. This book has evolved into its own thing and it’s at the top of the reading pile each time it comes out.



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