Bruce Wayne Dies to Himself in Batman #49

Batman #49 moves us closer to the inevitable return of Bruce Wayne as the Caped Crusader. Scott Snyder continues to carry us through this journey with the assistance of James Tynion IV. The narrative gets a bit heavy-handed within the pages of issue #49. Yanick Paquette gives readers something to gawk at even if the story here leaves us asking what the point is amongst all the metaphysical mumbo-jumbo.

It is time in Batman #49. Bruce Wayne has reclaimed his true past as Batman. Now he must descend into the cave and face what he once was. Can he truly leave behind a life free from the pain and anguish of the Bat? Can he plunge once more into the madness and purpose that once consumed him? The fate of Bruce Wayne, and Batman, is decided once and for all.

Part Nine of this story-arc takes readers on an emotionally charged journey in the last few pages of Batman #49. I still can’t shake the feeling that we could’ve got to the point a whole lot quicker. I should be more excited about the return of Bruce Wayne as the Batman, but I’m not. Jim Gordon’s Batcop is what I’m wanting to see more of!

Issue #49 of Batman is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. Younger readers might be frightened by some of Bruce’s visions and the finale of the book.

Batman #49 feels like a filler issue simply put together to pad the time before the climax and finale of “Super Heavy.” Nothing of any substance really happens in its 20-plus pages. Yanick Paquette’s art is stunning to look at and the contrast between what is really happening and what is unfolding in Bruce’s head is wonderfully captured by a shift in different color palettes and imagery. However, it still all comes down to Bruce getting into the Batcave and ultimately becoming the Dark Knight again.

Batman #49 is abvailable now in print and digital editions.