Batman 50

Mar. 23rd, 2016 08:24 pm
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So we are here, with the last issue of the Superheavy and the penultimate issue fo Snyder's Batman run. The last issue showed us the return of Bruce Wayne and made it clear that it was a tragic event. This issue shows us the clash between Gordon, Duke, Batman and Bloom.

Now, the issue itself is actually told from the perspective of Jim Gordon and it's kind of crazy. For example, this is how Batman returns as two Gothamites infected by Bloom are about to kill Gordon, telling him that he is not Batman.

I'm not actually going to post scenes from that conflict, as it would be a nightmare to show. Let's just say  a lot of awesome things happen and both Duke and Gordon save Batman's life in the fight and he saves theirs. Also, the very sight of Batman is enough for Gothamites to begin rejecting Blooms seeds.

Instead I want to post a couple of scenes from the end discussion between Gordon and Batman as it manages to illustrate something really beautiful Snyder manages to do in this issue. One of the things constant in Gordon's internal dialgoue is that him becoming was stupid, because he is not Batmna. Only one person can be Batman, although I'd argue there is one other person who can be that but that is a different discussion.

The point in Jim's realization is that the police should not try to be Batman, they should to try to be the police and embrace that role. They should try to be the everyday heroes they can, because that is what Batman does. He inspires people to hope, to strive to be something better. I can't do it justice here, Jim's internal speech is just beautiful.

While they talk, we see scenes with Duke being comforted by Bruce and Madison thinking she saw Bruce near the shelter. Gordon tells Batman that when he was away, he was somewhere, he was at peace. That the whole city could feel that Batman was at rest and that he had earned it. That it was the city's time to do their part, to follow Batman's example.

At the end, I want to draw attention to details of Snyder's semi-farewell here.

First, what he managed is to do here is quite beautiful on so many levels. There is no question that Batman is a creature of tragedy, that to be Batman is a sacrifice. Yet in this story, Snyder also shows what the good that comes from that sacrifice. He managed to create a Batman that is unquestionable dark, but at the some illustrate the light that creature brings to Gotham. I saw some reviewers argue that this a sign of a happier, more balanced Batman and I, to be honest, kind of feel they missed to ultimate point of the story. Not to mention I can't understand how they could think that after the last issue.

Second, there are a lot of call-backs to Batman: Year One in this story. Really blatant references. Yet, in this end Snyder avoids the clear reference a lesser writer would go for by hinting at the end of the Joker, as we know that that will happen due to the 'sane' Joker begging Bruce not go back to being Batman as he knew that meant he would back to being the Joker. Yet at the same time Snyder manages to introduce that bittersweet moment at the end. In Year One, it was Gordon mentioning the Joker, neither him or Batman understanding the horrors Batman's arrival would bring to Gotham. Here, it is Julie staring at Bruce's name, reminding us of the sacrifice required for there to be the Dark Knight of Gotham to inpire all.

I end here and recommend everyone to read this storyline. Also, DC is putting out a boxed collection of Snyder's Batman run, so there's a great chance to catch up with a defining run on the title.
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