Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tensions Rise in Batman #48

Batman #48 sees us moving more and more towards the inevitable return of Bruce Wayne as the Dark Knight. I’ll be very sad if they decide to pull the plug on Batcop as it’s been an exciting journey for me and I look forward to more of Jim Gordon’s Capeless Crusader. Scott Snyder retains the action and drama while Artist Greg Capullo puts his narrative in visual form.

Mr. Bloom’s seeds have grown into an army that may turn all of Gotham City against its new Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne meets a mysterious stranger who could start a chain of events no one can stop in Batman #48.

Writer Scott Snyder keeps readers in suspense as he cleverly runs Bruce and Jim Gordon's two storylines together side-by-side. We all know they're going to intersect at some point. The real question is, "How catastrophic will the collision be?"

Batman #48 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence and gore, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. Gordon is covered in blood throughout the entire issue. Mr. Bloom's finger impales a person as well. A man points a gun at himself and another person, which might disturb younger readers.

I’m having a bit of an issue with Mr. Bloom being so fantastical. Plenty of the villains in Gotham City are supernatural or have super powers. However, there’s just something about Bloom being able to grow larger than buildings and toss helicopters around that goes beyond my suspension of disbelief.

I did enjoy the more personal story being told parallel to the one featuring Jim Gordon literally falling into the hands of his archenemy. I can’t say I’m mentally prepared for Bruce Wayne to return to the role of Batman, but the interaction between him and the unnamed stranger he’s conversing with is engaging. Instead of the conclusion of Batman #48 leaving me excited the way I’m sure others will be, I found myself dreading where the next issue might take us.

Batman #48 is available now in print and digital editions.

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