Title: Batman (2016-) #63
Writer: Tom King
Pencils: Travis Moore
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Publication Date: January 23, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: There are strange goings-on in the dark alleys of Gotham City, mysteries that will require a different skill set than the Caped Crusader’s if he’s going to stop the whole city from succumbing to the darkness. John Constantine, the Hellblazer, is a person with just those skills—but after the events of “The Witching Hour,” is Constantine in any condition to help the Dark Knight Detective?
“Well, I’m just like everything else around here. Just like you, really. Just another dream becoming just another nightmare.”
And the beating of the dead horse continues…While I am always up for reading a story guest-starring Constantine, and don’t mind ‘nightmare’ tales, Batman (2016-) #63 fails to offer much of anything; sure, this story is a small piece of a large puzzle and there is a point to be made, but waiting for the other shoe to drop has been nothing short of frustrating. Despite a punch-or-two being thrown, Batman (2016-) #63 features a great deal of folks standing around, talking. And although each page of the book is riddled with text, there isn’t much food-for-thought being offered.
The issue looks great; Mikel Janin has succeeded in taking a relatively uninteresting script and making it visually appealing. But, a nightmare story featuring Batman and Constantine should provide an illustrator with the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and visually delight readers, right? Batman (2016-) #63 isn’t a visual delight, but its not for a lack of trying; Janin was a bit restrained here, and it shows.
The Bottom Line:
We’re going somewhere, but why is it taking so long to get there? Part of a larger puzzle, Batman (2016-) #63 is a piece that feels unnecessary.