Is Everybody Whole? (Batman #101 Review)

Writer James Tynion IV

Artist Guillem March

Colors Tomeu Morey

Letters Clayton Cowles

Cover March & Morey

Last Issue

Bruce needs to bring this war to an end. After some soul searching with a tea made by Harley from Ivy’s special plants. Bruce reconnects with himself after a long trip with Joker and Punchline’s new toxin. It is time to call in the family for some help. With Babs back in the clocktower reclaiming her Oracle mantle. The Batfamily has everything they need to take down the Joker and end this ridiculous war.

The family retakes the city, and Bruce goes to face the clown prince of crime at his proverbial birthplace. Ace Chemicals. Harley tells him this time has to be different. This time, Joker must die. There have been too many deaths on that clown’s hands to do this in some clouded idea of the “right” way. Bruce thinks hard on this as he enters the factory. Welcomed by the corpse of his father, Alfred. Bruce struggles to maintain composure as Joker enters the room dawning Bruce’s new suit. One he made to celebrate ridding Gotham of crime.

After a long and hard fight, Bruce gets the upper hand. Only to be met by Harley Quinn armed with two time bombs. One for her, and one for her ex. Bruce is now left with a choice. Save a friend, or save a mass murderer. For the first time in a long time, Bruce makes the right choice. Joker being ever the slippery devil. Uses the tools he had from Bruce’s new suit to disarm the bomb and escape.

This Issue

Gotham very raw from the chaos Joker brought upon it with his war. Luscious has hired Grifter as a bodyguard. The Wayne Fortune is now his hands. The board has decided that it would be best to step back from Bruce to maintain the meaning and ideals they hold for Gotham. This means Bruce is gonna have to tighten his belt a bit and do some real work. Without the help of billionaire tech and toys to help him get things done faster. That means Bruce needs to find a new way to conduct himself as Batman. Without Alfred and Luscious in his ear, things are going to get a lot harder for our caped crusader.

Thoughts

Honestly, this is the exact kind of change I have been wanting for Bruce for a very long time. I’m only 28, Bruce has been the same character for my whole life. Now,  Tynion successfully set the groundwork for a truly fundamental shift. Not only for Bruce but Gotham as a whole. I couldn’t more excited. With Guillem March’s art really driving the tone of the groundwork needed to feel that this shift is necessary. Gotham is in great hands.

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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.
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I'm elated to see the new direction Gotham is headed towards. I admit the lengthy exposition of Joker War had me doubting Tynion. When I first praised him for doing what he has been. This issue of the aftermath is definitely what Batman and Gotham truly need. Bruce has become his own trope, and to stay interesting and current he must evolve with the times. With March and Tynion at the helm, I think Gotham is already looking a lot better. Looking forward, I can't wait to see how this unfolds. Though I may jump the gun and complain a bit early before being blown away by the result. My question is, will these changes stick?
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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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