No More Veil Of Ignorance [Batman #52 Comic Review]

Writer Tom King

Art Lee Weeks

Color Elizabeth Breitweiser

Cover Weeks & Breitweiser

Variant Cover Kaare Andrews

Last Issue

Bruce Wayne had been summoned for the appeal of Viktor Fries for the murder of three women based upon inadmissible evidence. Throughout the trial, we are shown that Gotham’s police seemingly depend on Batman’s ability to gather evidence and coerce confessions from perp to even get convictions from the bigger named villains. Jim Gordon even has a hard time stating to the jury how they would come across evidence that was previously missed. The whole is very sketchy and even Bruce knows this, showing a level of anger and disdain for himself and what’s happening at a level not many of us are used to. At the end of the issue, we are shown citizens of Gotham being complacent to the obvious obstructions of justice they have normalized, ready to send Mr. Freeze to prison for the rest of his life. Being the beacon of justice that he is, Bruce hangs the jury and votes no to this.

This Issue

The jury is becoming increasingly frustrated with Bruce, trying to reason with him by presenting the facts in a similar manner to how Batman himself presents them to the police and how they, in turn, present them in court. Proving that there is a prevailing bias for Batman’s detective skill, an infallibility in his investigations that allow for people to form prejudices based upon who Bruce himself determines is a “bad guy.” This notion not only frustrates Bruce but show us, the audience, what exactly goes on in Gotham. Tom King does a very good job at showing us a side of Gotham that is very reminiscent of Amerca as a whole. That the opinions of the crowd are easily swayed by whoever that specific group decides to deify.

Thoughts

This issue is great in my honest opinion, it shows us a darker side of what exactly it is Batman (and by extension the bat family) does. Honestly, it’s not looking good for my man Bruce here, with how the evidence is presented, its hard to fathom that Bruce is anything short of a rich, costumed, nonlethal George Zimmerman. Taking down folks based on more than hunches but making folks feel threatened enough to take lethal action against him. King and his cerebral writing have me feeling like I’ve idolized the wrong hero growing up, it hurts but the facts are there. I know in my bones this will turn out to be a plot device for another conflict, but even then I will always look back at this issue and wonder if the person Batman is beating on deserves it, or does he just have a hunch.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
This issue was amazing, even if it has me wondering how "heroic" Batman is, I find myself lost in the story and compelled to learn more of what's to come. This is some uncharted territory for Batman, a zone that King has proven time and time again that he is comfortable in. Honestly, if this goes well, I'll forgive him for the wedding debacle. Having Bruce this vulnerable and this sensitive as a person has been hardly touched on and I'd like to know what it is exactly that Bruce fears. This Neitche type of approach to him is so fresh that it just leaves me guessing with this new issue, and I'm excited to see if #53 keeps me guessing just as much.
Good
  • Beautifly Written
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  • The next issue isn't out yet!
9.5
Amazing
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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