Monday, December 24, 2018

Batman Vol. 8: Cold Days by Tom King - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Author Tom King pens the next epic volume of his critically acclaimed, best-selling Batman series in Batman Vol. 8!

In the aftermath of the wedding of Batman and Catwoman, the Dark Knight's life has changed completely. Having walked down the aisle, how will this new Bruce Wayne view himself? What is to become of Batman now? 

Don't miss out on the newest installment of this best-selling, critically acclaimed graphic novel series written by breakout star Tom King, and featuring art by Lee Weeks and Tony S. Daniel.

Collects #51-57.

Batman Vol. 8: Cold Days by Tom King picks up following the events of the Batman/Catwoman wedding. Rather than deal with his heartache, Batman starts to go off the deep end, beating Mr. Freeze viciously to get him to confess to three murders, before leaving him to be arrested. The first arc of this book follows the trial of Mr. Freeze, where Bruce Wayne happens to be selected to be a member of the jury. Over the course of this arc, King intersperses Batman's actions with Bruce's interactions with the other jury members. We end up with a fairly deep meditation on how our feelings cause us to react, whether the end justifies the means, and what Batman's responsibility to justice really is.

The next story is a heartwarming one. King juxtaposes Dick Grayson's early days (following the murder of his parents) with Bruce Wayne trying to comfort him and help Dick process with the present day Dick trying to return the favor to Bruce. This is a terrific character piece and really showcases the father/son relationship between Bruce and Dick.

The final story arc of this collection focuses on the return of the KGBeast. This vicious Russian assassin shows up in Gotham again, looking for revenge against Batman. After attacking a member of Batman's inner circle, Batman begins tracking the Beast, looking for vengeance.

King continues to delve into the heart of Batman, and while his stories have plenty of action, they are incredibly deep, taking a good, hard look at what kind of man Bruce Wayne is, along with examining many of Batman's inner circle. Another terrific part of this book (and the past couple) is King laying the groundwork for a much bigger story to come. Many of the recent events in Batman/Bruce Wayne's life have been orchestrated as part of brutal attempt to destroy the him, and they have been put together by one of Batman's most dangerous foes.

Batman Vol. 8: Cold Days is another excellent book by Tom King, who continues an amazing run on Batman. King is fast growing into one of the most important writers of Batman. I highly recommend this book, to Batman fans and to fans of Tom King's writing.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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