Title: Batman (2016-) #73
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin
Published: June 19, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “The Fall and the Fallen” part four! Batman has been defeated by Bane’s minions and chased out of Gotham. As a last-ditch effort to save his son from the lonely fate of being Batman, his father from another universe, Thomas Wayne, a.k.a. the Flashpoint Batman, is taking Bruce to the far ends of the Earth to try to give him the one thing that will cause him to give up crime-fighting for good.
After being broken, again, by Bane, Batman is taken through the desert by his father, Flashpoint Batman, who hopes to somehow prevent his son from ever becoming the Dark Knight. Why? I don’t know anymore, folks, I really don’t know.
Bat-fans enjoy witnessing interactions between Batman and his father whether they are in flashbacks, dreams, or are the result of a trip to an alternate timeline; having more than one Batman in a story is always a plus, too. This being the case, why does Batman (2016-) #73 disappoint? Well, for starters, this issue lacks substance and consists mostly of filler. There’s a good reason why Thomas Wayne is leading his son through the desert (on a horse with no name, just to get away from Bane), which is made clear come issue’s end, but getting to the point–trekking through a ninja-filled sandscape–is a bore.
Mikel Janin’s artwork is impressive, as is Jordie Bellaire’s color work, but their efforts aren’t enough to save Batman (2016-) #73.
Thomas Wayne takes his son through the desert, on a horse with no name, just to get away from Bane…yeah, that just happened. While next issue shows promise, and the big picture may end up being exciting, Batman (2016-) #73 falls short of expectations.