How do you stop a killer who feels nothing: no pain, no emotion a killer who believes their actions only make the world a better, more beautiful place by exposing the literal and figurative ugliness of the rich and powerful? The more important question for Batman as he squares off with Manray…what if he can’t stop him?
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Ridley crafts a riveting narrative that does not disappoint. Even though Jace has embraced the role of Batman and is determined to craft it with his own identity, he is plagued with guilt from his past actions. I am curious as to how this will affect his burgeoning relationship with a suspicious Chubb and inform his decisions regarding Manray. I also find the juxtaposition between Batman and Manray’s activations versus motivation fascinating. In a way, they are two sides of the same coin and their enmity toward each other has the potential to grow into an iconic arch enemy matchup. Now that Chubb has the attention of Manray, I am expecting the intensity to turn up a notch. I can’t wait to find out what happens next for this trio. The Art: The illustration in this chapter is impressive. The fight scenes are well done and exciting. And I feel that each panel conveys an emotional depth that is particularly striking. Overall, I found that this issue presents a visually appealing and transportive experience.
COMICONI Am Batman continues to become a stronger title as it continues, finding its own distinctive voice and direction that makes it stand out from the other Batman books in the line. Somehow a grounded Batman and the cops style book works far better than one might have assumed that it would.
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Geek DadJace still feels a bit like a supporting character in his own bookhe became Batman so quickly that he doesn't feel fully establishedbut there's real potential here.
Lyles Movie FilesI Am Batman is becoming a consistently enjoyable read. It'd be one of those titles I'd strongly encourage readers to check out if it didn't feel so limited by the crutch of Jace (and Ridley) feeling like he needed to be Batman to thrive.
ComicBook.comI Am Batman wraps up its first NYC supervillain arc with aplomb. Things are getting delightfully messy, which is honestly what we need for this Batman (and Batman book) to stand out from other Batbooks on the market. While I was hesitant about another pro-cop Batman book, I think that the creative team has shown a willingness to take risks and they paid off this week.
Dark Knight NewsThis issue had a rather surprising conclusion, but it provides a great springboard that Ridley will undoubtedly use to propel the story forward. Ridley's doing a fantastic job so far at establishing Jace as a hero that has the trappings of Batman but has an individual style that's all his own.
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Weird Science DC ComicsWhile I Am Batman continues to be a great book overall, this issue feels like it missed the mark this month with an issue that's pacing feels stuck on fast-forward to get us to the end and set up new drama for our heroes. The art is great though but the progression of Manray's reign of terror felt completely sidelined.
Batman-NewsI was going to give this book a higher score, but I don't think I can. I've been reading Jace's comics for over 19 issues now, and I've been waiting, waiting, waiting for this book to hit its stride. I don't want to wait any more. I'll keep remembering how much fun I had with his first issue in Future State, and I hope I read something of his that captures that feeling once again but in the mean time, I cannot recommend I Am Batman to anyone but those who have a lot of expendable income, and a very patient nature. For now, that'll be my last word on the subject.