The Dark Knight Burns Bridges In Batman #65

by Tony Thornley

Claire Clover, Gotham Girl, is a young woman on the edge. Batman has been addressing the human consequences of being super through her story for the last two and a half years. It’s been a great story about the human side of Batman, but this issue gives us another perspective, and addresses one of the biggest holes in that plot–whether Batman should have addressed it alone.

Cover by Chris Burnham & Nathan Fairbairn

Joshua Williamson, Guillem March, Tomeu Morey and Steve Wands continue ‘The Price’ this issue, addressing both the human cost and the real world consequences of the Dark Knight’s actions.

The Flash and Batman confront the zombified prototype Gotham siblings, racing against time to stop Gotham Girl from attacking Central City. After confronting Batman about the damage his actions caused, the Flash rushes home. However, he might be outclassed, even with Batman’s help.

Other stories have confronted Batman’s distrust and paranoia, but I often say it’s in the execution. Williamson takes this old trope, and addresses it in a way that not a lot of writers have before. As Williamson, through the Flash, asserts, Batman doesn’t need to take on the weight of the world himself, and if he could open up, he could do a lot more good. It’s executed extremely well.

March is an extremely skilled artist, and it shows here. He does some great fight choreography, as well as extremely engaging layouts, with Morey bathing his line art in great colors and effects. Unfortunately though, some of his character work crosses the line into too stylized. Some of the characters become too gaunt and exaggerated, which distracts from the good things he does.

It may not be perfect, but it’s a great take on a new trope, and generally looks good. It’ll be a storyline that I’ll definitely be revisiting in the future.

Batman #65 is available now from DC Comics.

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