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‘Batman #67’ (review)

Written by Tom King
Illustrated by Lee Weeks
and Jorge Fornes
Published by DC Comics 

Anytime Tom King teams up for an issue of anything with artist Lee Weeks, I sit up and pay attention. Weeks is one of my favorite illustrators and he has been since I was a kid. I love his work and it never falls out of fashion. When he and King team up, I know that I’m in for a great comic book story.

I’d also like to mention that. there’s art in this book by Jorge Fornes, who’s work is a delight as well. Together, the two artists tell King’s story, which is nearly a wordless issue here. Batman sees a villain on a rooftop. The villain beeps at him. Then, that leads to a huge wordless chase scene.

This is actually also a surprise sequel to the Batman/Elmer Fudd Special that King and Weeks previously collaborated on together. It’s very interesting to note that the issue itself is structured like a Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon. I can’t say much more than that but the nod is quite excellent. It also shows King’s playful side a bit.

The issue is an artist’s issue. Every shot after the opening has the characters spiraling downwards. And it’s just astonishing. The issue moves quick but the art is so seamless that I was completely floored. This is how action scenes should be done: Clear, concise, with a logic to them that you can follow.

Eventually, we get to the revelation of who the villain of the piece is. It’s well handled. I do feel like Scott Snyder had a similar revelation in one of his stories while he was writing Batman. That being said, King makes it his own and I enjoyed the way that he handles it here a bit more than the similar Snyder story.

This is part five of the “Knightmares” storyline. I love what is going on here. I can’t quite figure it out, but I love it. It’s got one more chapter to it, so I’m certain we will find out what this entire story means next month. Hopefully, King ends this storyline well. I have faith that he can.

 

RATING: A

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