This year, 2014, is the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut in the pages of “Detective Comics” #27 (May 1939), since then Batman has become a cornerstone of comic book culture and one of the most popular characters in all literature regardless of genre. To celebrate DC Comics will publish an all encompassing adventure that is so wide spanning that it requires a weekly Batman series to contain everything.
Today, DC Comics launched the weekly “Batman Eternal” series which will explore every corner of the Batman Universe from his friends and allies to the villains that make up one of the greatest rogue’s galleries in all of fiction. The first issue is written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with fantastic art by Jason Fabok. The first issue also provides that inciting incident that will spark the stories that will delve deep into the world of Batman.
To sustain a quality story for 52 consecutive issues published over 12 months there needs to be a strong moment, a catalyst that requires Batman to call upon all his strengths and face his greatest enemies. With the launch of “Batman Eternal,” Snyder and Tynion may have done just that. Commissioner Gordon is the only character that is still appearing in comics that has been with Batman since the beginning. The police commissioner has taken on a father-like role in the Batman cannon and his importance to the adventures is unmatched.
Snyder and Tynion have that one constant in Batman’s life attacked and taken out of the Gotham City picture. It is this moment that will shake Batman’s world and necessitate the very mission that will take Batman to all corners of Gotham and calling on every ally he has ever worked with from Robin to Nightwing from Batgirl to Catwoman and everyone in between.
But Batman is not the only one receiving support from his peers. Snyder and Tynion are joined by writers Ray Fawkes, John Layman, and Tim Seeley to help narrate this epic in Batman’s storied career. The writers all will share writing duties on the Caped Crusader and from there they have divided the Bat-Family up to allow each character to get their due.
The initial issues of the “Batman Eternal” series are by Fabok whose style is outstanding with its highly detailed renderings of the Dark Knight. Fabok’s work in “Batman Eternal” #1 shows Batman in all his glory. You can tell the strength of the character and his prowess just from the look of the page. Fabok also captures the “inciting incident” with great care and detail. He highlights each moment slowing it to build the suspense that you know something big is happening.
Fabok is one of two primary artists on this series and will split the majority of the issues with Dustin Nguyen with other artists pitching in to match various tonal changes in the series.
It’s taken Batman 75 years to reach this pinnacle moment that will unfold over the next 52 weeks. With Snyder and Tynion IV at the helm this series is going to be everything you need to get your regular Batman fix.
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