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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 06:43:06 pm EDT (Viewed 466 times)

Detective Comics 976
> “BATMEN ETERNAL” part one! With his team completely shattered, Batman must confront Red Robin about the future of their partnership...if there even is one!

A main nice cover for a decent chapter.

A 5-page flashback team-up with Orphan with Clayface was different way to show Cassandra's therapy session. It was a different way to give her deserved spotlight, share a nice memory of Basil which is natural mourning, and introduces Lord Shokkà. Lord Shokká? Lord Shokkâ? Is that codename an accurate Japanese word?

It looks like maybe the book is phasing out the team concept as Batwoman, Batwing, and Azrael are officially recruited into The Colony - for global crimefighting. This will probably mean moving from supporting cast to guest appearances. Their battle sequence agains the Owls was just as acceptable dialogue and action as the first flashfack fight.

Dealing with ANOTHER Temporal Architecture storyline doesn't feel like a Batverse scenario or in reader demand. Granted there are a lot of dangler left by Future Tim and Doomsday Clock Event is still in progress so such a storyline is shared DCU friendly. Plus, it offered a chance to actually get some extemded talk and emotion out of Batman, to dissect, about things that he's held back for the last few issues.

Curious last page appearance with Ulysses showing up. And he delivers a perfect quotable last panel line as teaser too.


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