Batman #67 – Review

Writer: Tom King
Artists: Lee Weeks and Jorge Fornes
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Lee Weeks and Elizabeth Breitweiser
Variant Cover: Dave Johnson
Editors: Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr

Batman #67 is the fifth installment of the “Knightmares” story arc that began in issue #61 (#64 and #65 were crossover tie-ins with The Flash series). “Knightmares” is a series of seemingly unconnected one-shot stories that feature Batman in a myriad of different predicaments. If you don’t fully understand what’s going on that’s a part of the point. Batman is just as confused as the reader and it’s up to the both of us to figure it out and put all the pieces together.

I’m a huge fan of one-shot issues and so this arc has been right up my alley. King has gotten some of the industry’s most talented artists together for each book including Mitch Gerads, Travis Moore, Mikel Janin, and more. This issue in particular features absolutely superb work from Jorge Fornes, Lee Weeks, and colorist Lovern Kindzierski. The team brings to life the single best chase sequence I have ever seen in a comic book.

From cover to cover this is one long intricately constructed and immaculately executed chase scene. The chase begins atop a Gotham skyscraper and weaves it’s way across rooftops, through buildings, and more. The mad dash is cinematic, bombastic, and organic. There are brilliant splash pages and minute details bringing every page to life. It’s a tour de force of sequential visual storytelling and a sight to behold.

And to top it all of this issue is almost completely silent, save for sound effects and a handful of lines in one page. I personally love silent issues. I think they’re one of the most impressive displays of storytelling you can see. If a creative team is able to bring my emotions across a wide spectrum, keep me engaged, and tell a full story with little to no dialogue I’ll forever sing their praises. And this issue does tell a full story all while leaving the reader with questions about the nature of what we just read and what it means in the larger scheme of things.

Overall Batman #67 instantly became one of my favorites of King’s run. This issue continues the trend of stellar chapters in the “Knightmares” story. A masterful display of what can be achieved in the comic medium. I can’t emphasize enough how outstanding the art in this book is. The art keeps the reader engaged while delivering a clear sense of pace, establishing striking contrast when needed, and telling a story wholly on its own. I of course also have to give King credit where it’s due. The man came up with the idea for this story and I’d be really interested to see just how much of this was scripted and what the creative process between everyone was like.

SCORE: 10/10

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