Title: Batman (2016-) #74
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin
Published: July 10, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “The Fall and the Fallen” concludes with a father-and-son showdown. Flashpoint Batman reveals his fiendish reasoning for dragging Batman into the desert, and who is in the coffin they’ve been dragging along with them. But is this a step too far? It’s Bruce Wayne versus Thomas Wayne for the right to wear the cowl, and all of Gotham City hangs in the balance!
“…but she should never give in. Your mother just could not quit. She had faith, this eternal faith in you. That you could see the horrors, and still dream of a better world.”
King brings up an interesting point about Bruce Wayne being an addict—addicted to Batman—and although I’m not fond of the fairytale talk, it works here. The issue’s ending both conjures interest for what’s still to come and gives The Fall and the Fallen story arc a fitting end. While I am looking forward to this next story arc, I have concerns that, much like the wedding, a great deal of hype is being generated for a lackluster happening; I do hope to be proven wrong.
Mikel Janin’s illustrations work well to elevate King’s script, and, once the action starts, the issue becomes significantly more interesting visually.
Slow, but effective nonetheless, this final chapter brings a fitting end to The Fall and the Fallen and conjures a great deal of interest for issues to come.