Batman #66 Review - Back to the Batsh!t
• Dave Stewart (Colors) • DC Comics (Publisher)
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After two spectacular issues of Batman by Joshua Williamson and Guilliam March, we're back to the slowly unfolding "Nightmares" arc and unfortunately, Tom Kings take on Batman.
The book is told entirely from the perspective of Catwoman and The Question. The story is presumably taking place in Bruce Wayne's subconscious which is old considering the circumstances. How would Batman have this insight? The comic gets worse the more you think about it.
On the surface the issue is fine and if you've gone back and read this arc in trade I doubt it would stand out as a bad issue. It makes sense that Bruce would be having these dreams in light of the circumstances regarding being jilted at the altar by Selina.
The problem is that the book is extremely bland and doesn't have any energy in the storytelling. Jorge Fornes provides the line work and it's as just as lifeless as the dialogue. By the end of the issue, we don't feel any closer to a resolution. We're four issues into the story arc and the entire scenario feels odd due to the lack of progression aside from a connection line here and there. I'm guessing the randomness is to emphasize the dreamlike nature of the story but this is a single issue storyline dragged out for a trade.
I'm honestly not sure how Tom King got this story past editorial but it's one of the worst Batman stories I've ever read. Seriously, WTF is this?