Written by Tom King
Pencils and Inks by Jorge Fornes and Mikel Janin
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
In this issue, we see Batman at his finest and most fierce, after awakening from a series of nightmares brought on by Bane that were designed to distract and destroy Batman’s psyche. We witness the Dark Knight rise up and smash his way through anyone who tries to stop him.
I absolutely loved this issue of Batman as it was very refreshing to finally see Batman stand tall once more and take no one’s sh** as he made quick work of every foe that Bane lined up in his path. With Batman being trapped inside a series of nightmarish dreams that all attempted to make the Caped Crusader look weak, it’s been awhile since we got to see this strong, confident, “take no prisoner”, brawling Batman, and now that he’s awake that’s exactly what were given in this issue, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
It isn’t all just one big brawl for all though as in this issue we also get to see a Batman who is done with being trapped and shown his fears and is instead fully ready to take on the next challenge and instill some fear of his own into his former captors through pure intimidation.
As the events of this chapter play out, we learn that even this gauntlet of rouges being thrown at Batman one by one as Batman defeats them is all still apart of Bane’s overall plan to break the Bat. Although in this issue it may seem like a win for Batman, it’s truly just the next move in Bane’s war to come, and I for one can’t wait to see how this intense game of chess will continue to unfold in the following issues.
I feel like this issue was the perfect change of pace that this current arc needed to keep building up the momentum that will surely lead us to an ultimate confrontation between Batman and Bane. I feel this way because it seems like we have finally taken a few steps forward in this arc after the last few issues were more artistic tales that although interesting and fun, I felt they offered little to actually progress the plot forward. I’m happy that this issue took several steps, even if only in small ways.
Ultimately I enjoyed every panel of this issue, from the nonstop action and beat downs that Batman lays down to anyone who tries to stop him, to the beautiful artwork that brought this action to life. It all just clicks together to make a truly fun book to read through.
I give Batman #70 8 out 10