There is a consistent pressure placed upon our ideal hero. This pressure is best encapsulated through their panel layout. Each panel brings multiple percussive layers that allow us to feel the weight these characters are experiencing through their actions. Even in the more lull moments, they seem to have brought about another unique experience. Dubbed action horror, Tynion has managed to not only imbue himself within this work, but also seems to have created his own reading experience. The effect is magnanimous in that there is a constant desire to read what’s next while marveling at the unique figure designs enmeshed by a unique art, and panel layout by Guillem March.
More impressive is how every contributor to the book has given a unique dynamic piece to their job. The dialogue is distinct to each voice by the character. With so much going on it’s no surprise how people praise Tynion’s ability to uphold these new perspectives. For the truth of this, there appears to be a grand dichotomy between Batman the icon, and his cast of villains.
Amid all of the breakneck speed and acts of horror, Tynion and his creative team thrive in having these great subtle character moments that manage to add to the tension of the story. With the idea of a Commissioner Harvey Bullock having to pair himself with Batman, this story has been adding new range to the icon. Even more interesting is the pervasion of Bruce Wayne as his own person. The involvement of the jail along with Bullock and the villains reacting to Wayne’s pursuits gives each alter ego a grander weight.
Tynion’s run seems to be based on this assessment of the duality of Batman. Tynion is constantly playing with the idea of two: The horror and the action. The Batman and the villains. The hero and the human. It’s this great escalation of the people who have influenced this mythology. While I do find it problematic that there are images that feel like objectification of two female characters, the story appears to be striving to enrapture us within the basic absurdity of Batman. Despite this, we all have to bear witness to the designs of our Dark Knight.
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