For all the build-up we established in the first four issues, and then the understandable breaks with the next two, we finally reach this one which should be the turning critical point but it was shockingly so action-oriented as oppose to the usual contemplative and character-driven style that I'm so used to with Snyder's writing. I don't want to believe that this is more of Tynion's speed because this is the work of two writers and I'm sure they both made the decisions together of how this issue should play out. I just...can't like it as much as I did with their other previous collaborations. This upsets me greatly, especially when I see John Layman was presently credited. I'm just beginning to like his writing. Holy Loki, Batman Eternal has been such a mixed bag for me lately and my feelings are now becoming erratic because of the stories this title has been offering me.
The scope of the action sequences in here can make a reader's head spin in a good way if you can adjust your perspective as to how you want this story to go which meant expecting an economy of dialogue in the panels that won't get in the way for some cool effects. There are great scenes for that if it's exactly what you are looking for. As for Falcone--I don't understand him anymore or perhaps I'm far too close to the picture and need to take a hell of a step back RIGHT NOW. So here's what I know so far: The Roman is trying to transform Gotham back to its roots when mobs used to rule the city and the cops are in their pockets. I remember that Gotham very well. Fox's show of the same name is taking the same narrative direction since that one is in a pre-Batman era. But to what extent and just how long does Falcone intend to reign the city with the old ways? At this point, I'm dying to know.
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I wasn't sure about the inclusion of Catwoman but I suppose I just need to see more of how this plays out in the next issues so I won't finalize an opinion here. One thing that struck me as odd, though, is the fact that while the sequence with Penguin, Catwoman and Iceberg Lounge was going on, the sidestory with Batman and Pyg manages to be more interesting to see unfold. Professor Pyg becoming an unwitting errand boy for Falcone is hilarious and I knew that he will get his revenge one way or another. He's a very engaging villain and I sure hope they can still fit him somewhere because there are plenty of fun things they could still do with him. I'd give away my limbs for this to happen, if it would also mean we dispose of the Joker's Daughter in place of Pyg. Only one fucked-up cartoonish villain should be a part of Eternal and I'd rather we have Pyg...as long as he doesn't strip-tease while he delivers a villain speech. Heh-heh, sorry. Batman Incorporated inside joke. I just had to say it.
One more issue to review before I can get some deserved rest...