Title: Batman (2016-) #64
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Pencils: Guillem March
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Publication Date: February 6, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “THE PRICE OF JUSTICE” part one! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart! As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable…by the Flash! A cold case from the Justice League’s past has mysteriously re-opened, and Batman and the Flash-the only two heroes who stand a chance of cracking the case-are at each other’s throats! Our heroes must combat a demon from the past while burying their own inner demons in the process…and neither the World’s Greatest Detective nor the Fastest Man Alive will ever be the same again! But who is really pulling the strings here? And how does Gotham Girl fit into all this? Friendships will be tested and blood will be spilled in this titanic crossover event…
“How is this a life? It’s too much. Every day we’re dealing with the end of the world to protect the people we care about…and now…?”
Batman is beginning to break…after a slew of heroes were slaughtered at the Sanctuary, Batman, along with the other super-powered members of the Justice League, have been going nonstop. Dealing with issue after issue has kept the team busy and has prevented Batman, and the Flash, from getting to the bottom of what happened at the Sanctuary. And, it appears, the longer that this case goes unsolved, to more weight it carries.
Batman (2016-) #64 offers a change of pace that readers needed as the deconstruction and breaking of the bat was beginning to grow stale. Sure, this issue features a haunted Dark Knight, but action and excitement of this book works well to balance out the dramatic tension and intensity of plot. Batman (2016-) #64 opens with a scene where Batman is seconds away from performing Wally West’s autopsy; immediately after this, the members of the Justice League take on their Amazo doppelgangers. This balance is exactly what the series needs.
Joshua Williamson comes out of the gate swinging and immediately pulls this series back on track. Batman (2016-) #64 is well-paced, thoughtfully scripted, and offers the kind of excitement that satisfies while simultaneously leaving readers wanting more. Although this issue marks the start of a crossover event, it doesn’t feel that way; and that’s a good a thing.
Guillem March’s illustrations are impressive; expressive line work and emotion-ridden facial expressions make for visually exciting reading experience.
The Bottom Line:
Joshua Williamson gets this series back on track while simultaneously kicking off a Bat/Flash crossover event that shows promise.