I Shot The Deputy, Not The Sheriff (Batman 55 Review)

Batman #55

Writer Tom King

Pencils Tony S. Daniel

Inks Tony S. Daniel Danny Miki

Colors Tommy Morey

Letters Clayton Cowles

Cover Daniel & Morey

Variant Cover Francesco Mattina

Editor Jamie S. Rich

Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

 

Last Issue

Batman isn’t in a good way right now if you didn’t already know, being left at the altar would devastate anyone. Dick, however, is with him every step of the way. Sticking around and trying to find the fun in it all while taking out mediocre villains like the Condiment King or bouncing his escrima sticks around the cave over 30 times. Being a good friend like a lot of like to think we are or hope to have, we are shown how Bruce was there for Dick’s grief with the loss of his parents in parallel to how Dick is now flipping that around and being there for Bruce in a very similar fashion.

This Issue

We are first introduced to a nameless, one-armed man carrying a briefcase coming into Gotham for charity work. Meanwhile, Batman and Nightwing are working the Mr. Freeze case trying to find the inconsistency in the case. When the one-armed man finds a way to buy black market guns it’s clear he’s in Gotham for deeds less than charitable. Jim then summons the dynamic duo with the bat signal and their off into the night to see what Gotham has in store for the next.

Thoughts

I’m gonna be honest with you guys right now, my overview of the issue is very vague for a reason. If you’re even a small Batman fan, you have to read this comic. Tom King is doing what he does best and shaking the foundations of what we thought you could do in comics. The art style of the issue makes it all flow seamlessly into an extremely fluid reading experience. I guarantee you this issue will not leave you same.

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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
Tom King is consistent in rattling cages, the way he sets us up for the emotional dumps that you will inevitably experience reading this issue is almost not fair. He's breaking the rules of comics so to speak, and that's a very good thing if done correctly. It's clear that Bruce is not yet finished with his hardships for as long as King has the reigns on his story. In tandem with the almost pastel gothic style of the art, we are delivered are a very hard punch to the heart. Frankly, I'm not sure how to even rate this properly without seeing the repercussions. At least a 20 for impact as it is now.
Good
  • Great Character Development
  • Compelling
  • Beautifly Written
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Emotional
  • Twists
  • Fantastic Writing
10
Perfect
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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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