Title: Batman (2016-) #52
Script: Tom King
Pencils: Lee Weeks
Colors: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “COLD DAYS” continues! The jury in the Mr. Freeze trial is hopelessly deadlocked because one man won’t vote guilty—and that man is Bruce Wayne. Freeze’s defense is that Batman used excessive force, making his arrest illegal, and Bruce is the one man who actually knows for sure what went down between Batman and his ice-cold nemesis. And if Bruce is right, that means everything he’s devoted himself to as the Caped Crusader is a lie; he is hurting more than helping. With Dick Grayson putting the Batsuit back on to keep Gotham City safe while Bruce is sequestered, could this be the out Bruce needs to discard the cape and cowl forever?
Bruce Wayne continues to make his case against his shadowy counterpart, Batman, and in doing so, showcases the complex relationship that Bruce Wayne has with the Dark Knight.
Tom King’s stunning Batman run has, mostly, focused on relationships: Batman and Gotham City, Batman and the members of his Bat-Family, Batman and his villains, Batman and Catwoman, etc. And now, in Batman (2016-) #52, King continues to examine Batman’s relationship with Bruce Wayne. This exploration is emotional and intense, and as both Batman and Bruce Wayne continue to act out and allow their emotions to consume them and affect their judgement, there’s no telling where this story is leading.
Lee Weeks’ illustrations have a stripped-down vintage feel that perfectly allows for him to communicate Bruce Wayne’s complex emotional state. Weeks adds visual intensity to already intense scenes with refined skill and thus, adds to the immersive reading experience that King has crafted.
The Bottom Line:
It’s Bruce Wayne vs. Batman here in Batman (2016-) #52; Bruce Wayne continues to make his case against his darker half, the Dark Knight, and as he does, it becomes obvious that he is a changed man. Batman (2016-) #52 is another intense chapter in what has proven to be a stunning Batman run.