Wednesday, August 17, 2016
BATMAN #5 by Tom King - Book Review
From the publisher: “I Am Gotham” part five. In the final chapter of this epic, is Batman truly the hero Gotham City deserves—or does it deserve better? In this ultimate showdown, where the line between allies and enemies blurs, the question will finally be answered…and the fate of Gotham will be decided.
Batman #5 ends Tom King's first story arc with Batman after Rebirth. He does a nice job of concluding the "I Am Gotham" story, wrapping up the introduction of Gotham and Gotham Girl, while giving hints as to their origins. With help from some friends, Bruce engages in a final battle with Gotham.
I enjoyed Alfred's role in Batman #5, as he was given a part I don't remember seeing him in before, and King perfectly captures the butler's dry humor. In addition, King also lays the foundation for the next arc, which springs from some rather intriguing narration at the conclusion of this issue.
The art is dark and gritty, as fits this particular storyline.
Overall, I enjoyed Tom King's Batman #5 and look forward to seeing where he takes the character in the future. Highly recommended.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.