Whiplash! From Central City (Batman #64 Review)

Writer Joshua Williamson

Artist Guillem March

Colorist Tomeu Morey

Letterer Steve Wands

Variant Cover Chris Burnham & Nathan Fairbair

Cover Sean Murphy

Last Issue

We are taken through a carnival ride of Bruce’s memories but something is, different. For starters, Constantine is there, and the wedding went well. Okay, what’s going on here? Well, John is here, by no coincidence. He’s here to try and save Batman for a change, who apparently is strapped to some kind of machine to control his mind in a manner where Bruce is actually happy.

This Issue

We are steered away from this main Batman story with Tom King’s other current series but a different writer, Heroes In Crisis. Catching up with the Justice League on Oolong Island mid-fight with the Amazo Justice League. After turning the tides, the team talks about some much-needed rest. Bruce, of course, had already left for the next case. Strangely enough, that case is in Central City.

Thoughts

I’m torn on how exactly I’m supposed to rate this issue. I enjoyed the story it had and where it ties in, but I don’t like that we are yet again taking a break from the main things happening in Bruce’s world. This is the fourth divergent issue for this biweekly title. So two months of cliffhangers, a sixth of the past year. That is something I just really can’t ignore. I was starting to get hyped up on this series before these two months of dangling on this series, only to get tired of holding on if I’m being frank. I can’t let Bruce down though, he’s been my favorite mainstream since forever and I don’t think that’s ever gonna change.

 

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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 is a good one and ties into not only Heroes In Crisis but Detective comics as well. Worth knowing this level of depth between Flash and Batman. Perhaps not worht the cost of the direction of Batman's self titled comic. Especially since it ties into Detective Comics.
Good
  • Beautifly Written
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Compelling
  • Nostalgia
Bad
  • Change In DIrection
  • CLIFFHANGER!!!!!! F@?%$
  • 5 Issues Of Straight Filler
6.5
Fair
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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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