This week, we arrive at Batman #80, the true “beginning of the end” for Tom King‘s run as it is the difficulty that brings Batman and Catwoman again to Gotham ready to take down Bane and save the town. That’s the plan, the straight line of issues; Batman and Catwoman will save Gotham from Bane. But, as is the case with almost all of King’s run, Batman #80 is not concerning the straight line of issues. At its coronary heart, King’s run has been about relationships of numerous kinds and that is very true right here. For Batman and different characters on this problem it’s the relationships which are the guts of the story and it is one thing that serves the difficulty properly.
Right away each readers and the villains have it made clear to them: Batman is again. We additionally instantly get a way for one of the 2 relationships that kind the guts of this story: Thomas Wayne and Gotham Girl. Gotham Girl is, on the very least, in horrible form and at worst, dying. It’s sufficient to drag again a layer of Thomas Wayne, even when we do not actually see a lot. We see his ache, his tenderness, his disappointment as he seems to be on the weak younger girl. But that additionally leads the story to a different relationship—Batman and his son, Damian.
If you’ve got been maintaining, you recognize that Damian was captured some points again for getting into Gotham, however you additionally know that was deliberate. Batman, as all the time, has some type of lengthy vary plan. However, that plan has a probably deadly end result and it is one which sees Batman having put his belief in no matter plan he’s provide you with. Once once more, Batman is taking part in issues proper as much as the sting.
The closing panels of the difficulty aren’t a twist within the sense that you do not see it coming. You completely see this coming as Batman has woven a wierd story of fathers and sons over the 79 points main as much as this one. But that does not make the story really feel any much less pressing or any much less uncooked even when it’s a bit unusual to have the tables turned a bit, the place it is Thomas that’s in ache whereas it is Batman who appears to be mission-focused regardless of the excessive stakes. Maybe that is a deliberate transfer, and in that case, it is one which works. There’s a tangible shift in stability right here and for the primary time readers can imagine that sure, Batman is again.
That stated, like many of the problems of King’s run, this one feels prefer it might have benefitted from being half of a bigger set of tales somewhat than a single problem. At this level the stunning cliffhanger has been severely overdone on this story general. What makes up for it’s John Romita, Jr.’s artwork. As Batman artists go, Romita, Jr. is not my favourite, however his work right here is the precise proper tone for Batman’s return and the hazards that include it.
Overall, Batman #80 is a superb problem. It will not be the perfect of the run, but it surely actually highlights the weather of the general story that do work the perfect and it units the stage for what seems like an epic previous few points. The finish will not be close to, it is right here, and this can be a actually nice begin to it.
Published by DC Comics
On October 2, 2019
Written by Tom King
Art by John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Clayton Cowles