Batman #60 Review - The Good, The Bad, The Tom King
• Mikel Janin (Cover Artist) • Francesco Mattina (Variant Cover)
• DC Comics (Publisher)
It's been a while since I reviewed a Tom King Batman Book. Mainly because my review schedule is trash. It's also been because Tom King's star has fallen dramatically for me in 2019. I'll still cover the series but I'm not as enthusiastic as I was when the series first started.
This issue finishes the "Penguin" non-team-up. The main plot covers Batman brutalizing criminals recently released from Arkham. He's doing this in order to collaborate Penguin's story that Bane has secretly taken over Arkham.
The rest of the book follows Commissioner Gordon's reaction to the trail of bodies Batman is leaving in his wake. The comic also has interludes featuring Penguin and Alfred.
In a vacuum, the book isn't terrible. It covers a lot of ground and the art from Mikel Janin & Jorge Fornes contrast nicely. I'm not sure why the book needed to feature two different art styles but it doesn't hurt the narrative. The connecting tissue between artists is Jordie Bellaire who does an amazing job keeping the linework consistent throughout the book.
My problem is that tonally this book is somewhat boring, especially considering my recent reviews. My last reviews have covered House of X, TMNT, Ninja-K. Comparatively, Tom King's Batman is plodding along at a snail's pace.
There is a lot of action here but it's not exciting and the scenes with penguin are just weird. Why is Alfred feeding Penguin sardines by hand?
The cliffhanger hints at something big and the arc started out strong but ultimately feels like a placeholder for more exciting stories to come. There are better Batman stories on the shelves right now. Batman: Curse of the White Night, Batman: Last Knight on Earth run circles around this series and it's sad because of this is technically the flagship title.