Under The Heel Of Justice (Batman #59 Comic Review)

Writer Tom King

Artist & Cover Mikel Janin

Color Artist Jordie Bellaire

Letterer Clayton Cowles

Variant Cover Francesco Mattina

Assoc. Editor Brittany Holzherr

Editor Jamie S. Rich

Last Issue

Penguin gets news of the murder of his wife, immediately getting arrested and consulting Bane in Arkham Asylum afterward. Bane instructs Cobblepot to kill Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, for his employer’s involvement in the Freeze trial from the jury. In true Penguin fashion attempting to cover all of his bases, he sends men to Wayne Manor while simultaneously waiting for Batman to bust into the room. When the bat arrives first as he tends to do, Cobblepot instructs the shooter to kill his chopper pilot, then himself. This pained old villain has a lot to talk to Batman about.

This Issue

Cobblepot is emotionally compromised, as would anyone if their wife was murdered and delivered to you. He explains to Bruce he’s a broken man and now has nothing to lose and because of this, he feels the need to tell Batman everything he knows about Bane’s operation. Word is, Bane is running the Gotham underground from his wing of Arkham. Last time Batman saw Bane face to face, the super tactical and formidable Bane was left catatonic. Something’s fishy and the world’s greatest detective aims to find out if its Arkham or the Penguin.

Thoughts

This was a very good issue, yes its a lead-up issue so don’t expect more than good exposition. This issue seems to plot out the course of this underlying arc we’ve been seeing unfold since issue #50, Bane is making moves. King is planning something really good for us if even we see him coming. Question is, what are we missing? One thing you can always bet on in Gotham is great noir artwork, and this issue is no exception. Bursting at the seems with the very same iconic type of crime movie stuff we know and love with Batman. The only qualm I have with this issue is it feels like everything is so fast-paced except for Bane, until now. You’ll see what I mean when you read it.

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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
Definitely pick up this issue as soon as possible. A bi-weekly release of each issue is good for us to keep, but that doesn't it's not flying by. Coming into thanksgiving you all should have very many Batman related things to think about.
Good
  • Compelling
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Great Character Development
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Attention To Detail
Bad
  • CLIFFHANGER!!!!!! F@?%$
  • Slow Build Up to Get Here
8
Great
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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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