My world is dust without you.Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Clay Mann
Colours by: Tomeu Morey
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Release Date: September 11, 2019
Is a Batman issue still a Batman issue if he isn’t fighting off against one of his many rogues? Or if he’s not in Gotham city? Or if he doesn’t ride in the Batmobile? Tom King sets out to make you question that – if you haven’t read anything by him, that is. Know for his deep character analysis works and bringing out the emotions of characters we rarely see do so – that is what Tom King succeeds doing with this issue.
Bat and Cat are still off in hiding, planning to take back Gotham. Working to get Bruce back up from being ‘broken’ by Bane, while also dealing with the romance between the two during these events. It becomes the driving force behind this issue and we see some great personality come through in the conversation the two have. We get entangled in their inmost workings of one another. We strive to see them happy, together and strong.
I would be foolish to not go on about Clay Mann’s gorgeous artwork here. Paired with the colours by Tomeu Morey – we get gorgeous beach shots and sun tones all throughout the issue – not something you would expect in a Batman issue either! But it is a welcome change, albeit brief.
Don’t let the sentiment of King’s writing throw you off here – this is a strong issue in all regards.