Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Table is Set. Will the Feast begin?

Tom King, Mikel Janin “Batman Volume 2: I Am Suicide” (DC Comics, 2017)

King’s first volume of Batman showed how he was moving away from Snyder’s Batman-as-horror to a more traditional Batman-as-superhero mode.

What I have come to think of as King’s formalism is on display here. What seems to be the latest twist is in the dialogue. Phrases are repeated or mirrored.

Not to delve into specific plot points, but thematically we see Batman continuing to be more social than perhaps we are used to seeing. Relationships are important to King, and through them we are learning about Batman’s inner life.

As I’ve come to expect, this is the high quality, high octane stuff. King is putting out state of the art cape books. If that’s what you are looking for, you need to be reading this book.

Thanks to NetGalley and DC Comics for a review copy.

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