If you read my quick and to the point review of the first issue of Batman Eternal you know I wasn’t very impressed by what was going in the ish. I was looking for the roller coaster ride of a comic that one should expect with the debut of a weekly comic, and I just wasn’t feeling it. There was plenty of action, an adequate buildup, and a nice twist, but the pacing and overall tone of the ish just wasn’t what I was expecting. Reluctantly, I picked up issue #2 of Batman Eternal, and I am so thankful that I did, because everything that I missed in issue 1 was given to me in droves in issue 2.
This issue picks up right where issue 1 left off with the aftermath of the subway explosion and the fallout from Commissioner Gordon’s unintentional use of excessive force, and everything you want in a Batman weekly comic book is here. Just about every member of the Bat-family is present and accounted for, Batman talking to Jim Gordon after the fact was gut-wrenchingly good storytelling, Batman the Detective was in there just a bit, and the pacing was spot-on perfection. The villains reveals were really well done, add to the overall intrigue of the story very nicely, and the final page reveal is jaw-dropping good fun for anyone who has ever even thought about being a Batman fan. I didn’t think it could be done, but Jason Fabok was even better on this issue than he was with the art on Batman Eternal #1, and it was a pleasant surprise, and a tasty cherry on top of this sundae.
Where the hell was this greatness last issue? I understand that they were setting the table with issue #1 and this issue #2 is the first course of what hopes to be a delicious banquet of weekly comic goodness, but a less than par first issue followed by this stellar follow-up certainly suggests a trend of wavering quality in this title, which would be consistent with other DC weekly releases, like 52 and Countdown. I hate to presume anything at this early stage, but the clues are all there, but that does absolutely nothing to spoil how great this comic truly was.
I have to admit, I’m glad I didn’t give up on this book. While I still stand by my review of Batman Eternal #1, issue 2 of the title has certainly compelled me to buy issue number 3, and that adoration will probably carry over to issue 4. I guess, if that’s the plan DC had from the beginning, only releasing 2 out 5 quality issues of a weekly series can still be a success. So long as those 2 good issues are REALLY good. And this issue was REALLY good.
Story: 4.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4.5 Out 5