The campaign of terror continues as a mysterious serial killer brutally murders New York City Police Commissioner Becket, in the process exposing ugly truths about how Becket ran his department. Batman finds himself caught between a police department “hit squad” that wants to execute the killer, and a populace that’s beginning to see them as more of a folk hero than Batman himself.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: This story dealt with the different ideology associated with battling injustice. As Jace questions his motivations and self-worth, a serial killer operates under the guise of humanitarian. I was especially moved by the conversation between the two masked adversaries involving purpose. I am interested in seeing what happens next and what lessons will Jace learn from his experience. The Art: This action-packed issue is filled with brilliantly crafted action scenes. The attention to detail shown in both character and surroundings made for a strong visually immersive environment. I felt both transported and emotionally engaged through the story.
Dark Knight NewsI Am Batman #8 is a rather thought-provoking issue of John Ridley's Batman saga. It illustrates that the book's title is well-chosen. It represents what Jace is saying about his heroic identity, but the intonation is evolving as the story progresses. At first, it was a somewhat presumptuous declaration: “I Am Batman!”. Now, it's becoming more of a question”. I think it may eventually become a statement again, and may even evolve to become “I Am The Batman”.
Weird Science DC ComicsI Am Batman continues to be a great series that it feels like too many people are sleeping on because beyond someone else just taking up the Batman mantle, we see some real growth in the character in that we see his flaws in this issue and it's a real standout in superhero storytelling. The art in this issue is great and if you haven't started reading this series yet, his transition to New York City is a great place to start.
COMICONI Am Batman's character development and focus catches up with its action and political/social commentary to create an overall package that feels complete and on a path towards something interesting. Jace Fox is put through a major test as Batman and where this arc goes will surely decide who and what Fox's Batman is going forward, especially with Dark Crisis on the horizon.
AIPTBatman has never faced a villain like this who may not be just another thug. This book continues to do a good job blending political elements with the very real fact that Jace is new to being Batman, but he's also empowered to do something different with the mantle.
Geek DadThis book has some interesting ideas, but it unfortunately suffers from pacing that doesn't let them shine.
ComicBook.comBatman faces off against his first New Yorker supervillain with unexpected results in I Am Batman #8. This is a bellwether issue for Jace Fox, who has struggled to standout since his adoption of the Batman mantle. Fox has different goals as Batman than Bruce Wayne and a different methodology, but all of that has been somewhat overshadowed by the mantle itself. Even to outsiders within the comic itself, Jace is simply "Batman." But when Jace finds himself out of his depth facing off against a deranged sociopath, he flees when he realizes he's at a disadvantage. There's a panel in this comic in which you see the exact moment where Batman feels defeat. Despite his eyes whited over by the Batcowl, you can visibly see Jace's desperation as he fires a grappling line to escape in full view of his opponent, who comments "Well, that's a suck-ass Batman" as Jace runs away. While Jace may indeed be a suck-ass Batman, that moment has humanized him more than the previous seven issues have.
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