Only Humanity Can Judge Me (Batman #53 Comic Review)

Writer Tom King

Art Lee Weeks

Color Elizabeth Breitweiser

Letters Clayton Cowles

Cover Weeks & Breitweiser

Variant Cover Kaare Andrews

So Far This Arc

Tom King has taken us on an emotional roller coaster with having Selina leave Bruce at the altar and now the appeal of Victor Fries by obstruction of justice. These last two issues since the wedding have given a very large window into the state of the justice system in Gotham and from a political standpoint, it’s horrifying. Batman is seen as almost an end all be all for not only how these criminals are caught, but how exactly these acts of “justice” are perceived by the public. Whether it be tampering with evidence, coercing confessions, or brutalizing suspects, his vigilante activity is more and more vindicated with every conviction the D.A. gets. This tears at an already broken Bruce Wayne, seeing his life’s work crumble before him with each horrifying revelation.

This Issue

Its now up to Bruce to convince the other twelve jurors that Mr. Freeze wrongfully convicted of killing three women, and after explanation of the villain’s perspective the others are still convinced he’s guilty. On his wit’s end, Bruce must find a way to convince these people that he himself was wrong. So he opens up to the citizens with his struggle with God and his faith in him. While trying to help the people grow alongside him, Bruce lets the audience know that this growth is here to stay. In the seats of the citizens of Gotham, we are challenged to know that Batman isn’t just.

Thoughts

This arc is going great as the Cold Days arc is coming to a close. The Law & Order storyboarding with the Max Payne cutscene art style makes this whole issue read very nicely. Almost forcing its point to your mind while also spoonfeeding you the new idea it carries, the writing in these issues has been absolutely brilliant in my honest opinion. I’m still mad about the wedding, but its repercussions have been worthy of the twist thus far. After all, good stories are about real growth. Tom King is certainly delivering.

.

Share to

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 was a great read, I personally recommend all Batman fans read this arc if you're not now. Its essential to what Batman could be, but certainly should be. His influence on the people is something unshakeable and must be respected and treated with care. Having the people support your exploits as an abuser of the downtrodden with the system behind you that's a problem, and Bruce know that. It's very much refreshing to see him actually being written to pay attention to that
Good
  • Great Character Development
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Emotional
  • Compelling
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Ambitious Writing
  • Beautifly Written
Bad
  • Not Sure If Growth Will Stick
10
Perfect
Written by
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.

Have your say!

1 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>