Also finished detective comics: a lonely place of living parts 2, 3 & 4.
This comic is so incredibly epic. Tynion IV has done wonders with the Bat-verse, giving a lot of the characters good air time and breathing space.
It much be such a difficult and delicate balancing act to pull this all off.
This arc has been outstanding, really exciting payoff to some of the foundations laid earlier - both here and in the Rebirth in general.
I know Vik loves this too, I hope that Tynion gets 100 issues out of his run.
He’s also been really fortunate that the artists on the book have been amazing as well.
I should also say something about how Tynion uses double page spreads. They are used here more than any other comic I’ve read in my life but they are used to great effect; often on one panel be will have establishing shots/dynamic poses/background & locations with characters interacting across the the rest of the panels. But its more than simple talking head shots, there is always movement or physical interaction.
The camera angles are always great.
If you read this have a look at the amount of backgrounds that are included - there’s a very European approach used here that you don’t often see in US comics - artists and writers can be a bit lazy when it comes to the backgrounds. It’s certainly not the case here, I’ve found myself becoming very familiar with places like The Bellfry as a result. I’m almost certain it’s a conscious decision by the writer.
I think the artists are benefiting hugely from some art direction from him - because the same approach has been used across all his artists.
I’ve been reading digitally but I’m also buying the deluxe editions and it definitely merits reading again - both because it’s a lot to take in and it’s really good.
I quite like using the double tap zoom function for the double spreads but I’m looking forward to seeing it on paper in the deluxe format.
The story itself is really compelling and ambitious and the characterisation is simply brilliant, as always.
It’s great stuff.