He’s Already Gone. (Batman #107 Comic Review)
Batman #107 Comic Review
Writer: James Tynion IV
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Ghost-Maker story art: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Colorist: Tomeu Morey
Cover Art: Jimenez and Morey
Variant Cover Artists: Francisco Mattina, Riccardo Federici
The Unsanity Collective has further spread their impact on Gotham and seems to have Batman in their crosshairs. While Batman and Ghostmaker handle yet another robbery of local press moguls by the Collective, more players are entering the fray in the background. With Crane kidnapping new victims and Saint Industries looking to capitalize on the hatred for Gotham and its recent history of mayhem, Batman and crew are looking at what can only cumulate in yet another large obstacle to justice. And Bruce is yet again feeling the growing pains of working on a reduced budget.
Gotham is in a state of even more unrest with the appearance of a scarecrow at the mayor’s home. Batman investigates the possible re-emergence of his old nemesis while juggling the active case of the Unsanity Collective, enlisting more help in handling the latter as he investigates the former.
While Batman juggles these cases, Harley is still on the streets adjusting to her role as a hero. She finds herself working on the continued capture of more A-Day survivors. She may need some help with this hero business after all as a new player shows an interest in Harley.
“The Cowardly Lot: Part 2”
This issue brings a lot to the table and while there is many tiers of information to take in and process, the team of Tynion and Jimenez work together to keep the information and story flowing smoothly in a way that the reader can enjoy without loss of appeal. The Bat-family’s split system to handling everything going on in the city, as always, is a wonder to behold and ever impressive. The twists and turns within this issue help the reader stay invested in what is ramping up to be another big defining moment for Bruce and Gotham as a whole.
Tynion’s writing leaves very little to be desired. The dialogue and supporting text in each panel bring information and intrigue to the reader in an easily digestible way as well as maintaining reader engagement. Tynion reinforces each character’s personality with every quip or muttered phrase and maintains consistent interactions between all major characters. His writing even portrays the feelings of each character in unexpected situations where you may miss it if you weren’t paying attention, such as a well-placed stutter later on in the book.
Jimenez continues the trend with the art that is both gritty and vibrant, really letting the reader feel as if they are part of the scene. With detailed expressions and beautifully dark settings, the emotion in each panel is palpable throughout the whole issue. Jimenez really seems to be the perfect pairing to Tynion in telling the story of our Caped Crusader.
Summary Batman #107 is a high-intensity, drama-filled story that keeps the reader wanting more. I’m very excited to see how the story plays out and how Scarecrow and the Unsanity Collective’s plans for Gotham interact with each other. Be sure to check out this issue on Tuesday, April 6, 2021!