Batman (2016-) #63
DC

Title: Batman (2016-) #63
Publisher: DC
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?


Review:

“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.

Batman (2016-) #63
Batman (2016-) #63 Review
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.
Yes!
No...
Unnecessary
6.9
Score