Welcome back! Today we will be reviewing Batman #85 which is written by Tom King and features art by Hugo Petrus and Mikel Janin.
Its sad whenever a writer leaves a book that is so important to a lot of readers. It is even more sad when both Tom King’s Batman run and Jason Aaron’s Thor run end together because both are incredible story lines that fans have followed for years now. Especially since Tom King’s Batman marked a complete change in how Batman’s comics are written and can be written. Tom King constructed deep story lines and challenged what we thought Batman meant. So it is rough to finally see that end to such a lovely book.
To warn you all, there are slight spoilers in this post and you should click away after reading this or jump down to the bottom to see our score.
I know that there is a lot of controversy surrounding King’s run on Batman. Some might not remember this, but so did his Mister Miracle, and his Vision book, and Sheriff of Babylon. All three of which are incredible award-winning books that are praised in the community now. It is just what happens with his stories. King explains everything in the ending and it is no different with Batman. I am not saying that like it is a bad thing, because it isn’t. It rewards the readers that stuck with him through the rough times and always creates a deeper and more meaningful story. King’s Batman is similar because we finally get to see them stop Thomas and confront him. This isn’t a loud ending filled with action like every other Batman story. This story lets the fans know who Batman is and shows us how King has been making his Batman the strongest that he has ever been. And although we don’t get the wedding in the end, I would argue that the way King handled it was smarter and more practical. I am glad to see that Bat and Cat’s romance was not flung to the side because it is a big change to the character and a meaningful one to represent how Bruce has evolved. I also found that the ending at Alfred’s grave was incredibly tear-jerking and powerful because it is another powerful change to Batman. Who is batman without Alfred? I am dying to find out how James Tynion IV plans on writing the rest of the issues because Batman is in such a different state that we as comic book fans have never seen before. I believe that this run of Batman will be applauded as one of the best in history.
Overall, King’s Batman run was wonderful and his end was both rewarding and game-changing.
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(How good is the story? Does it stand up to others?)
(Does it tell the story? Does it work well with the character?)
(Does this story need to be told? Is it helping the Character?)
(Is the character represented well? Does the writer understand the character?)
Total: 20 / 20