The roller coaster ride continues! DC wasted no time in releasing the second part of Morrison and Stewart’s story arc. After an excellent, yet confusing issue in number seven, we receive the answer to the question; who is the resurrected Batman? In a fast-paced and wonderfully scripted issue, Morrison continues to provide us with the freshest approach to Batman that we haven’t seen for years. And I haven’t even mentioned Cameron Stewart yet!
Let me start off by saying that any doubts that you may have had after issue seven; forget about them. Morrison approaches issue eight with a much more cinematic style of story telling. He also clears up the mysteries behind all of these Batman corpses. He does a fantastic job of pacing and structuring the issue, a slight problem with issue seven. He incorporates flashbacks and references to R.I.P and Final Crisis, and they make perfect sense. However, to fully understand what is going on, if you haven’t read any of the titles previously mentioned, you might want to go check those out. The issue reads quickly and forces the reader to keep up, but these qualities provide the reader with a very exceptional reading experience.
The issue begins with Batwoman explaining her predicament and how she exactly ended up in a coffin, like she was in issue seven. As she is explaining, alongside Batman, Squire, and Cyril the Knight, they all wait for the rising of the Batman from the Lazarus Pit. Of course, when this Batman comes face to face with the group of heroes, he is rather uncontrollable to say the least. He quickly begins to attack the group and we then learn who this Batman truly is. Tying back into R.I.P and Final Crisis, we learn that this is the one remaining clone of Bruce Wayne. Returning to present time, the crew is having quite a bit of difficulty bringing the clone of Wayne down. Outside of the mine, King Coal’s men escape and return to King Coal himself. They tell him of the masks inside and he then proceeds to detonate a bomb. The roof of the mine explodes, separating Dick from Cyril and Squire and the clone. However, Dick manages to find Batwoman beneath all the rubble. The clone finds the exit and begins to leave. We then see Alfred accessing the sealed vault that Dick removed the body from, and he learns of Dick’s horrible mistake. The clone commandeers the bat-plane and heads for the plane back to Gotham City. Back in Gotham, Alfred meets an injured, but heeled Damian at the top of Wayne Tower. In the mine, Dick comforts Kate but she then explains she has to die, and does. The plane arrives back home, and the clone makes quick work of a curious Alfred. While Damien is researching Dick’s recent actions, he is confronted by the cloned Batman and believes him to be his father. To be continued…
Like I said, this issue reads fast! But Morrison does a great job of knitting it so tightly together. I also thought the issues cliffhanger leaves the reader with some interesting predictions. Morrison continues his fun and action-packed ride that I just cannot get enough of.
While Morrison remains on top of his game, Cameron Stewart is the true hero in this issue. Stewart’s artwork is much more refined and his style and lines remain very strong. In some very difficult panels, he makes a clear distinction between Dick and the cloned Batman during their fighting scenes. Readers should no longer question the reasoning for his presences on this title. Truly genius!
Overall, I found this issue to be an absolute blast. It left me wanting more and I will have a difficult time waiting for the next issue. Luckily, the break is only two weeks. Morrison and Stewart make their collaboration a very memorable one with issue eight. Morrison does a fantastic job of tying all of his previous work together, to form a rather logical story. Morrison’s stamp on the character continues to get larger and larger…
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Reviewed by Zfactor