Batman is essentially stuck in the Fortnite world, and as seen in the second issue he and Catwoman figured it out and she escaped. Or so we think. What is really going on remains to be seen, but Christos Gage has done well to blend DC Comics with Fortnite in a way that is intriguing. He’s essentially taken Batman and put him in a trap that only the greatest detective could escape. Along with artist Reilly Brown, Gage gets to pair Batman with Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe. Nuff said for many, but is it good?
This issue reveals a bit more about the controllers of the world Batman is in via captions. These captions convey the fact that there’s a motive behind sticking Batman into this world. They’re testing him, and he’s testing them. As they write their memos in captions that look like a macOS Finder window, Batman pushes their ability to keep him contained. Enter Snake Eyes. This issue is similar to the last, only Snake Eyes and Batman fight a lot more than Catwoman and Batman did.
One could surmise an entire issue of Batman fighting Snake Eyes is a no-brainer to sell comics, and given the crossover at work here, you can’t blame them. It does make for a simple story that goes down a path one could have guessed at, however. They’re both heroes after all, so of course they’d team up eventually. Similar to the last issue, there are plenty of ridiculous Fortnite characters to be punched and taken out, which is another reminder this is silly crossover stuff.
Brown continues to do a great job with the art, with a thicker line by inker Nelson Faro DeCastro. It’s cool to see Batman’s torn costume with lots of Fortnite upgrades like grenades and armor. Colors by John Kalisz are bright and cartoony, further making this feel like a Fortnite book featuring Batman rather than the other way around. The artist team goes for it when it comes to Snake Eyes and Batman fighting, complete with a double-page splash that’ll get longtime fans excited.
Sadly, though, this series is starting to wear out its welcome out due to the inability to give us answers. The captions give us something, but only crumbs to go off of so as to lead us on. As it stands, this is a simple fight comic that knows its audience will be satiated with a Snake Eyes vs. Batman showdown. Will it be enough to satisfy all fans? Likely not, as this issue is very similar to the last with no new developments as far as our understanding of this world or Batman getting closer to an escape.
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