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Batman 1: Failsafe

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Bruce Wayne and Anton explain they want to find Avery Oblonsky to understand the art of espionage and disguise. It’s a neat showcase for Jiminez’s range, but at the same time, all these different styles, including Hawthorne and Janin’s styles, make for a disjointed aesthetic, and I struggle to find a good story reason as to why the art has to change so much. The current run on Batman has done a lot to dissect how Bruce Wayne's oath to protect Gotham City has slowly worn him down over the years. Most of the action is fairly solid, but a lot of the locations and backgrounds look uninspired and dull.

Outside-Context Problem: In-universe, Bruce is this to Judge Dent and the Red Mask during the Bat-Man of Gotham arc. I’m okay with taking a slight step back from plot to focus on character work, but the stuff that happens here gets kind of dragged out. While these shifts contribute to the multifaceted nature of the story, they may also lead to moments of disconnect for readers seeking a consistently flowing narrative. I’m glad I’ve got my own thing with Public Domain, because it feels lighter, even if the subject matter isn’t, necessarily. We’ve seen him falling from the moon, crashing on Earth, and walking away without so much as a scratch.

At the end of his analysis, Gayen wrote: "Chip Zdarsky uses the debut issue of Batman: The Knight to propel Bruce Wayne on a lengthy trial to strengthen his mind, soul, and body". It's an interesting story that ends with the reveal that penguin is still alive (that was a rather short lived death.

Having never picked up the Tynion Batman run before this cause I thought Tom King made a fenomeal work and "ending of the character". A handful of backup issues round out the story in relatively bland fashion: Catwoman follows up on Penguin's will ( shocker, he's still alive) and Batman creates his Zur En Arrh identity (still baffling, even with this explanation). Not only do they tie into the main narrative wonderfully, but they also delve into some of the characters’ motives and actually add something useful and consequential to ongoing events. After a scientist tampers with Batman's mind, he gets terrified of what he'd be capable of doing, if he lost control, so he creates this secondary personality, as a safety measure. Instead, you could check out Waid and Mora’s World’s Finest—not only is that an incredible book, but a new arc also started in March, and it’s a great jumping-on point.He meets a female burglar name Lucie who agrees to teach him after admiring his dedication and wanting Bruce to capture all of her competition in the future. It’s kind of a boring read, but at least Batman is still being a hero by actively trying to solve problems.

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