So the first issue of the new Eternal comic got off to a solid start. Maybe a few minor issues, but overall, it was satisfying to read and it gives me hope for the future. As such, let’s check out where the second issue takes us as one of the new villains makes his move against the Batfamily. Is it good?
Batman and Robin Eternal #2 (DC Comics)
Lead Writer: Tim Seeley
Other Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Artist: Paul Pelletier
Orphan has busted into Harper Row’s place and beat her down badly, stating that she should be tougher than she is given her situation. However, before he can do any more damage, Cassandra Cain comes rushing in to save the day, followed by Dick Grayson (who was following up on a list of names he got from a flash drive last issue).
Orphan eventually flees, with Cassandra Cain taking off after him. However, at one point, Dick notices that the gas Orphan was constantly breathing in throughout the fight was pure Scarecrow fear gas. This starts a flashback revealing the first time Dick encountered the gas during his initial encounter with Scarecrow and the damages that came from it.
Eventually, Red Robin and Spoiler met up at Row’s apartment with everyone after the fight is over. Grayson realized he still needed to check in on Jason Todd to see if he is alright, since he was one of the other names on the list. Contacting and informing him about the assassin, it’s revealed that Jason has Cassandra at gunpoint.
While not as plot heavy as the first, the second issue is great and a lot of fun. Tim Seeley has a real knack for writing characters and getting all of their personalities down just right. Everyone feels like themselves and has a good little moment or line in the comic. All of the writing and dialogue is solid as well and there’s not a moment that is boring or uninteresting. The only off thing about the writing or characterization is the ending scene, since a certain character appears to be in trouble despite being shown as super competent.
The artwork by Paul Pelletier looks nice here, outside of one or two panels where some of the inking makes the characters look different or older. The action flows very well, the characters are usually drawn decently and are very expressive in their faces and body language, and the layouts are constructed well. I especially like the flashback sequence with the colors and imagery it has, really giving the scene impact and power behind it.
Admittedly, that would be a cool prize to get in a cereal box.
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