Title: Batman (2016-) #51
Script: Tom King
Art: Lee Weeks
Colors: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Publication Date: June 18, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: The honeymoon’s over for Bruce Wayne as Gotham City’s most prominent citizen gets selected for jury duty in a chilling court case involving Mr. Freeze! Freeze claims the charges should be dismissed because Batman used excessive force; cue the outrage and media circus. While doing his civic duty, Wayne’s forced to take a hard look at the Dark Knight’s methods. And hey…what is Dick Grayson doing running around the city dressed as Batman?
“I fought him before,many times. I do not hesitate to admit that. But this was..he was a different man that night..”
The Bat/Cat wedding didn’t exactly go according to plan, and clearly, being abandoned at the rooftop altar has left Batman a changed man…
It was obvious that being left, at the altar, by Catwoman was going to affect Batman in one way or another, but clearly, the ordeal has kicked the snot out of the Dark Knight and has left him damaged. In focusing so much of his creative energy and attention in on Batman and Catwoman’s relationship throughout his run, writer Tom King has created the opportunity to really hit Batman where it hurts. Up until this point, Bruce Wayne/Batman has been vulnerable (too vulnerable if you ask me) and now, after having his heart ripped out, feelings of anger and disappointment are beginning to overwhelm him.
Batman (2016-) #51 is another well-crafted issue, in a stunning run, that marks the beginning of a new, darker, and more emotionally intense age of Batman. King continues to focus on the man beneath the cowl, and in doing so, has created a story that continues to hit home with (relatively) relatable happenings. As this run continues, writer Tom King will further cement his place as being one of DC’s master storytellers.
Artist Lee Weeks does an excellent job capturing the emotional turbulence that Batman is coping with; Weeks’ line work is bold and telling.
The Bottom Line:
Batman (2016-) #51 is a visually impressive and well-written issue that focuses in on a newly emotionally distraught Batman. A must read from Batman fans.