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Posted on the 28 May 2014 by Geekasms @geekasms

Hey weekly Batfans!  I’m subbing for Frank this week in reviewing Batman Eternal because he has been working on a lot of other reviews for the site while I’m slacking.  So, I hope you stick with me as I tackle the latest issue!

Batman Eternal #8 begins with a group of divers exploring the ruins of Penguins casino that was destroyed in the last issue.  They find the money vault, but before they can loot the goods, Batman shows up in a submarine.  He then goes on a multi-panel crime busting spree as he is sending a message to Carmine Falcone, literally.  Unfortunately, new Commissioner Forbes has decreed that any criminal caught by Batman is to be set free.  Thankfully, Bullock is still a loyal cop to Jim Gordon along with Gordon’s recruit, Lieutenant Bard.  We also get a little further along with the Stephanie Brown side story as she gets one step closer to possibly becoming the Spoiler.

I felt last issue slipped a little compared to the crazy good start of this series, but it is back to being great again here.  I have no doubts with the writing staff because they have been doing a wonderful job, but the rotating group of artists have been hit or miss.  When I saw that Guillem March was handling art on this issue, I was a little hesitant because I haven’t always been a fan of his stuff.  I will be the first to admit that I was wrong because he does one heck of a job here.  His Batman looks appropriately vicious and haggard as he is taking out Falcone’s goons.

As to be expected with this title, there are more questions than answers as it moves the story forward.  Overall, I’ve been happy with the pacing as it definitely feels like we are building to something pretty amazing.  The way this issue ends, I’m expecting that we might see a little more of the extended Bat-family soon.

I’ve heard from a few of our readers that said they’ve dropped off this series after the first few issues, but I think it is worth sticking to it.  There have only been two issues that I consider to be a little below the quality of the rest and I’m really liking the set-up so far.  Artistically, this issue is my favorite away from Fabok’s.  He set the bar very high and it is nice to see March stepping up and making the most of it here.

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Batman Eternal #8 – Guided By Darkness

Story by:  Scott Snyder & James T Tynion IV

Script by: John Layman

Consulting Writers: Tim Seeley &  Ray Fawkes

Art by: Guillem March

Colors by: Tomeu Morey

Letters by: Steve Wands

Cover by: Andy Kubert & Brad Anderson

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