Batman #63 Review - I'm not sure who this comic is for but it's not Batman Fans.
• Get it Now from Green Brain Comics
I've settled on the reality that I'll probably never get caught up on my backlog of comics and get them all reviewed. At the time of writing this post, I'm about 40 issues behind on my Batman reviews that doesn't even include Detective Comics. I'm basically going forward for myself and as a time capsule to other readers.
This issue finally gives us hints as to what's going on in this story arc. Batman has been moving from a nightmare scenario to nightmare scenario for the past three issues. The only problem with the plot device is that if you're a fan of the series or have been in and out of the loop like I have, the last few issues have been incomprehensible.
In this issue, the dream picks up at the wedding. In this scenario, Catwoman shows up and the two are married. John Constantine shows up out of nowhere and tells Bruce that she's another dream and at the end of the dream she's going to die. The rest of the comic is pretty bland. You get relationship stuff between the characters and more incomprehensible scenes hinting at Batman being captured by villains and tortured by Scarecrows fear toxin.
The background stuff is interesting but the comic is not. This may be one of the most boring Batman books I've read in a while. The scenes of Bruce and Selina frolicking around are lame and the stuff with Constantine just feels like Tom King throwing an audience a bone. If he wasn't there this would have been another ridiculously incomprehensible issue.
On a side note, I'm really tired of Constantine. I don't have the reverence to the character that some people do. I wasn't reading DC comics much in the 80s or 90s so when he shows up being mysterious for the sake of being mysterious and talking in riddles It feels like the writer trying to make stories deeper than they actually are. I've read 4 issues in the past year with Constantine and he pretty much plays the same role in each cameo. It's a lame and lazy way to use a fan-favorite character.
Mikel Janin and Jordie Bellaire are wasted on this issue. The figures and colors actually great but the comic book feels more like a soap opera than an actual comic. It's a very Low - T affair especially when the comic ends the exact same way you were told it would. I'm not sure who this comic is for but it's not Batman Fans.
There has been a gradual decline in the overall writing in this series. We're a long way from the initial I am Gotham arc. I'm not sure how Tom Lost the plot but I hope he finds it or Ill just be voicing the same criticisms everyone else had when these comics were released.
Bonus: Batman NES (1989)