Title: Batman (2016-) #71
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin & Jorge Fornes
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Published: May 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “The Fall and the Fallen” continues! Will it be father and son working together, or tearing each other apart? When it comes to the Waynes, expect a little of both. In the quest to get Bruce Wayne to hang up the cape and cowl, Thomas Wayne is going to have to use a little tough love. Only, not all the muscle behind it will be his own.
Batman has had one hell of a year and it’s beginning to show. Although he’s blaming Bane, Tom King is responsible for the recent damage done to the Caped Crusader, and here, in Batman (2016-) #71, King presents bat-fans with a troubled, tired, and dare I say, broken, Dark Knight.
As tired as I am of being reminded that there’s a man–an expertly-trained, highly-intelligent man, but a man nonetheless–under Batman‘s cowl, King has managed to pique my interest with his version of a broken bat. Although it isn’t entirely clear what’s going–of what’s real and not real–it’s apparent that Batman is hurting in more ways than one, and that if something doesn’t change soon, there’s a good chance that Batman may have to hang up his cape for good; and, while I know that this won’t happen, I’m fearful and concerned for the World’s Greatest Detective well-being.
Batman (2016-) #71 moves at an impressive pace, and ends in place that left me in shock. The issue wasn’t exactly what I expected, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
As always, Janin and Fornes produce impressive artwork that tells its own story and perfectly complements King’s script.
Intimate and intense, Batman #71 sends Batman, and bat-fans, through the wringer, and come issue’s end, leaves them in anticipation of what’s to come.