Batman: Eternal #11
Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, and Tim Seeley
Artists: Ian Bertram and Dave Stewart
Cover Artists: Guillem March and Tomeu Morey
Publisher: DC Comics
Another week, another fairly mediocre issue. The issue splits itself up into three separate stories, two of which were actually well done, however, those parts made up less than 10% of the story. Alfred’s reunion with his daughter was a fantastic read, and was a nice bit of character development. This character has been around for decades now, and it’s wonderful that the writers are still capable of developing his character. The other story in this issue that was well done was Stephanie Brown’s little portion. The way they are handling her reintroduction to the DC Universe is excellent, albeit a bit slow. The rest of the issue focused on Batgirl, on an otherwise unnecessary trip trying to help her father. It wasn’t necessarily boring, however, it was certainly subpar in comparison to the rest of the series. 3.5/5
Scott Lobdell makes his return to this title in decent fashion. Jason, Roy, and Kory start off the issue preventing terrorists from nuking the Pentagon, and end up being grabbed by S.H.A.D.E. The story isn’t the most exciting or heartwarming, but it does nicely set up the rest of the arc. The art, as it pertains to this issue and the rest of the series, is on controversial grounds. The book’s continued habit of drawing an overly sexualized Starfire in the most ridiculous positions on the cover is becoming more and more irritating. Luckily, the interior art doesn’t particularly share this problem. R.B. Silva and Rafa Sandavol, with Wayne Faucher, Jordi Tarragona, and Matt Yackey do a great job with the interior art. Their character drawings and storytelling abilities are stupendous and do a good job of making the average story better. 3.5/5
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