This week’s BATMAN #124 has a lot on its plate.
This issue follows the recent “Shadow War” story, it’s an epilogue to the Abyss arc, and is a setup for the BATMAN, INC title coming in a few months.
Trying to be three things at once keeps the issue focused, but also middle-of-the-road.
In short, Batman is back in Gotham but hears about Abyss sightings in Badhnisia. When he arrives, he confronts the masked villain and actually does a little unmasking himself. Is it the real Abyss? Just a ploy? I won’t spoil it for you here.
However, by the issue’s end, you’re told that it will continue in the upcoming series BATMAN, INC. Writer Joshua Williamson does a commendable job bridging the gap between the runs, juggling all of what’s been happening in the title for the past few months. This issue doesn’t do anything to really stand out, but it does at least provide the information needed to jump aboard that new book.
Taking on the art duties this month is a good combo team of Jorge Fornés and Howard Porter. The look at first was a little distracting, as I was expecting a continuation from the Abyss arc. However, being a fan of each of these artists helped me adjust my seat and enjoy the ride. The action is cool, the Batman shots are fun, and there isn’t anything to complain about.
Overall, BATMAN #124 isn’t anything bad, but nothing too notable either. It serves as a capper, and an appetizer.
Next month is the dawn of a new era of BATMAN with writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jorge Jimenez.
The Batsignal will be shining bright once again. – Ryan Lower