Gotham is still picking up the pieces after catastrophe strikes and Jim Gordon sits in a jail cell. Batman suspects greater forces at work and did you want more new characters? You got it!
If you checked out my earlier review of the first entry into this new weekly series you'll remember that I praised the story for its brisk pacing yet contained storyline. It was a refreshing look at the relationship, albeit brief, between Commissioner Gordon and the Dark Knight. The writing team did a lot with few pages and sank the hooks in deep for what has the potential to be a dynamite Batman story.
Now Issue #2 has arrived and I'm now a bit thrown off by the breakneck pacing. It is a weekly series, of course, so it is to be expected at some points as they need to deliver something that will keep us coming back each and every week. The effects of Commissioner Gordon being detained is making waves throughout Gotham and everybody from Red Robin to Batwoman is starting to show their face. This could have simply been a Gordon on trial issue and it would have lacked punch. The addition of major players -- good and bad -- works quite well if a bit rushed.
Jason Fabok continues to deliver the goods in regards to illustration and the color palette Brad Anderson is a fitting wash of grays and darker tones that is, well, very Batman. Snyder and Tynion remain that the helm for the issue and, overall, do a fine enough job in giving us a major reveal. I just wish it hadn't been one you could see coming by Page 6 and then padding it until the very end. If you've read The Long Halloween then you'll know exactly who I'm referring to. Otherwise we get another major glimpse at a character who hasn't seen much action in the New 52 though, for that, you'll need to check out the issue. I was a bit excited by that and we even get another major force for evil showing up in the cell of Doctor Phosphorous at one point. That was a surprise for sure.
Worry, however, has started to creep into the head of this here Bat-fan. I see signs of this story potentially becoming a retelling of an already great story. We don't need to be told the same tales over again with a different package here. That happens far too often with Batso but maybe I'm just being a worrisome nerd who needs to wait and see before damning it all. The potential is still very much alive for this to be a stellar addition to the canon but I now move forward with some reservations. It is, thankfully, still moving the story along and rendered so beautifully by Fabok that I might just be worrying over nothing. I don't think we're in any danger of this story dragging along any time soon.
Final Word: More fallout from the prior events is sending shockwaves throughout Gotham. Pacing is, to say the least, brisk but still provides a damn good bit of story. Lots of characters and, really, two big reveals. A whole hell of a lot going on in Gotham these days.
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