Series: Batman (2016-)
Published: November 20, 2019
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Publisher’s Summary: It’s chapter nine of “City of Bane,” and it’s time for a reckoning in Gotham City! Thomas Wayne has joined forces with Bane, and that alliance threatens to throw a monkey wrench into Batman’s plans. And as Bane’s evil army begins to crumble, the Caped Crusader must face the real force behind it all. As the end of this epic tale grows near, Batman and his allies have a choice: let Bane stay in power and guarantee the city’s survival, or risk everything to break free!
Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t kept up with this arc, the following review contains spoilers that may ruin your reading experience; proceed with caution.
The crawl toward the end of “City of Bane” continues, as Batman finds himself sitting across the table–literally–from a recently deceased Alfred. Needless to say, discovering that Alfred’s been murdered has sent the Dark Knight through a loop.
Although I cannot say that I was looking forward to the moment when Batman was forced to face what is, perhaps, one of his greatest fears, I am glad that the bandage has been torn off, here; now, Batman can finish reclaiming his city.
Mikel Janin and Jordie Bellaire did a stunning job in visually establishing the stark, melancholic tone that the issue required. Batman’s tortured facial expressions and fits of explosive anger were rendered beautifully, making for a painfully immersive reading experience.
The Bottom Line
Batman #83 offers readers an intimate look into the Dark Knight’s psyche, seating them beside Batman, allowing them to experience and work through the same pain that he is experiencing.