Ragdoll makes his way to Gotham, as Barbara’s roommate Alysia gets herself into more trouble than she can handle. Gail Simone has been doing an excellent job building a world for Barbara outside of the Bat-Family. From Alysia, to Ricky, and even to her arch-nemesis Knightfall, Simone has built a world for Barbara that doesn’t rely on Batman or his villains to sustain itself. Rather, she continues to introduce multi-faceted villains, questionable heroes, and wonderfully executed story lines. Fernando Pasarin, along with Jonathan Glapion and Blond, continue to deliver a gorgeous book. Their artwork has a remarkably dynamic feel to it that perfectly accentuates the fast paced story that Simone is writing. 4/5
Whereas in the last issue a change in the direction of the plot was a welcome change, the plot change here was more irritating than entertaining. With the first four issues focusing on Gordon and his problems, it had appeared that the weekly title would focus on chunks of one story at a time, eventually tying all of the stories down the road. This would prevent any one story from becoming boring, as well as prevent the series from being chaotic, jumping around too often. And while the story presented in this issue was good, it feels a bit disjointed from the rest of the series. Batwing’s introduction into the series, along with Joker’s daughter, was done well. Prior knowledge of either character wasn’t necessary to follow the story. Trevor McCarthy, who has done some amazing work in the Bat-Universe previously, is a wonderful addition to the long list of artists who are being featured in Batman Eternal. 3.5/5
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