THE DARK KNIGHT COMES TO NEW YORK CITY!
Batman’s arrival in New York City went even more smoothly than Jace could have hoped. The mayor and law enforcement are trying to cooperate with their new Dark Knight in ways Gotham never did, and his family has settled quickly into a happy routine. But there’s a rotten core to the Big Apple, and a mysterious new serial killer is going to exploit it…
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Ridley crafts a thoughtful narrative that deals with racism, skepticism, and classism. Jace’s move to New York City while continuing the moniker of Batman is met with tough criticism from not only the police force, but the local political structure. He not only has to deal with the legacy of Bruce Wayne’s vigilantism, his ethnicity also creates a nuanced complexity to how he is perceived by the general public. It is interesting to see the evolution of his approach to crime fighting as he tries to forge his own path. The Art: The illustrations in this edition are appealing and emotionally connective. The modern styling and detailed drawings, combined with a brilliant colorwork, make for exciting action sequences and perfectly captured tonality with the story.
DC Comics NewsAnd we have the beginning of a Rogue's Gallery. Man Ray or is it Manray? Whomever this person is, you can bet that there will be more. Great art"take a look at the frame above and really drink that cityscape in! That's the Big Apple with its own Batman!
Lyles Movie FilesI Am Batman keeps improving. Ridley is starting to find the ideal approach to make Jaces Batman stand on his own and its making for a vastly more interesting read.
Dark Knight NewsRidley's story is showing us how Jace is proving himself and growing into the role of Batman and this is best done out of Bruce's shadow. Putting Jace in a different, but not entirely dissimilar city allows the new Dark Knight to establish himself with minimal reliance on Bruce's reputation. Ridley's story is an interesting deconstruction of the character that asks if one has to be Bruce Wayne to succeed as a Batman. It's an intriguing premise and I look forward to seeing how it plays out as Jace's saga continues.
AIPTI Am Batman is a tantalizing Batman book because it's allowed to do things differently. On top of a different type of city, Jace is trying not to be just another Batman, but something more and something that suits him. Add in the political elements the modern feel of New York, and you have yourself a pressure cooker of a story that does the rare thing of feeling like an evolved Batman.
COMICON‘I Am Batman' handles the social and political commentary well with each issue, while it seems to be struggling a bit still to actually build a solid foundation of a world/social structure or more for Jace Fox in his new life. Cops and Batman have a very long iffy history and this series adds its own take on the matter.
Geek DadWhile it hasn't completely found its footing yet, it's giving us a solid new take on a very different Batman.
Weird Science DC ComicsWhile some may see I Am Batman as just another Bat-title or even a Bat impersonator, this series is doing something very clever in showing a different kind of Batman that still brings interesting concepts and moral conundrums in Jace's attempt to be the best Batman he can be but still being true to himself. The art in this issue is really great and the story just keeps getting more and more interesting.
ComicBook.comI Am Batman #7 is starting to re-find its footing, thanks in part to a more polished art style. Christian Duce is the artist for this issue, and his work just feels a lot more in sync with the tone and style with Ridley's story. As Batman and the NYPD learn to work with each other, we see how the NYPD has set up Batman to fail. It's an interesting take on the police/Batman dynamic, and I enjoyed Batman's reluctance to take on a strange murder case that seems to be more up his alley than gun-runners. That beat alone speaks volumes about the new Batman, and gave him much more characterization than the past few issues.
But Why Tho?I Am Batman #7continues to have artistic issues, but it's doing a fine job of separating Jace Fox from Bruce Wayne when it comes to being Batman. With Jace set to receive a new enemy, I look forward to seeing more of his Batman adventures, but hopefully, this series picks an artist and sticks with it.