Batman Eternal (Vol. 1) by Scott Snyder

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  • Well well well I see that it packed a lot but kept you intrigued all along! And you say the art is the weak point but I quite don’t see this on the pages you showed here 😉

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  • Huh, color me intrigued 😉

    Insightful review, Lashaan, I’m especially fond of that little catch at the beginning – “Assisted with countless other notable writers and artists, they begin an enormous story-arc that will breathe life (or death) into Gotham.” Yes indeed, which will it be? – this is the question! 🤣🤣🤣

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    • I’m glad to hear your interest, Ola! I’m sure you’ll quickly notice how HUGE and INSANE the story will get but this ambitious project remained fun for what it is. The number of characters included, the twists, the different writers/artists aboard, it just makes for a nice little Gotham/Batman universe that’s not restrained by anything.

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  • Wow, can’t believe it’s over five years since this series came out! I remember buying and reading the digital issues weekly and to be honest, I found it a little bit of a slog – I think the main thing for me was the wild inconsistency with the art, especially with the strong start with Jason Fabok (seem to recall he did the first three issues, I think). I think reading it collected would drive me mad in this respect haha. The story started off well enough to be fair but trailed off later on…but maybe the issue with the art was so distracting and it overrode my overall opinion – probably why I didn’t follow the sequel series (Batman & Robin Eternal?).

    Great write-up Lashaan!

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    • I think I had started to get into comics in the middle of the second volume myself and I badly wanted to collect the individual issues but I restrained myself since I was already collecting the expensive Snyder Batman run as individual issue hahaha I can definitely understand your issues with this series though. It would have been fun to have this same story drawn by the same person (Fabok preferably, right? Hahahah). And yes, Batman & Robin Eternal is the sequel to the 3 volume Batman Eternal run. I haven’t heard much about that one and just assumed that it was an “okay” series and nothing more. To be seen hahaha Thanks for reading, Chris! As always, I appreciate it. 🙂

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    • Funny that you mention her. She has a sub-plot within this story too. She’s not that used in other Batman-related stories and I always just thought that it was because Vale was overshadowed by Lois Lane in general. Including Vale simply didn’t have the same weight in a story as Lois Lane does in a Superman story hahaha

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      • I brought her up because the last time I remember her being around was way back in Batman movies from the 80’s/90’s. While I haven’t a lot of Batman comics, I never remember her being in any of them…

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  • Not really the kind of book I’d see out, but it does sound very interesting for fans of this world and its characters. I did cringe when you said an original weekly publishing schedule. I’ve always seen things like that as a money grab, but I guess it could also be just to get the entire story out in a more reasonable time frame. It’s quite a monster, 21 issues and 480 pages, wow! I also had to laugh when you said the artwork was where the most fault could be identified because my first reaction before reading the entire post was: Cool cover! 🙂

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    • The very short window to work on an issue before publication is indeed scary today. I personally believe that they should take the time needed for a issue but I guess business is business and nothing will stop the industry from not making more in shorter time frames…

      Hahaha it is a cool cover and it has some spectacular artwork in it but some artists don’t get it right at all sometimes and that can be quite off-putting. Thanks for reading, Todd! I appreciate it a lot. 🙂

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  • I remember this series being very good. Bought the three trades later because by the time I realized this was a weekly, it was already half-way done, but it starts off as fairly compelling and just gets crazier in volumes 2 and 3. Satisfying conclusion as well.

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  • Alright, I’m intrigued. The nature of Batman’s relationship with Gotham PD is always fascinating, especially his bond with Commissioner Gordon. It’s a shame about the artwork but understandable given the publishing schedule and the various interpretations of the Batman universe is quite interesting to see.

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    • Yep. It focuses a bit more on Gordon and Batman because of the peculiar situation. Gordon represents hope in this city and Batman knows that if the city turns against him, his chances of saving Gotham get closer to zero than ever before. Thanks for reading, Lois! I appreciate it. 🙂

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