The plot thickens as Batman puts his detective skills to use on Tir Na Nog. A land of the forgotten. Sharp has vastly increased the pace of this arc all the while making it feel slow and steady by not rushing the story. However, when Batman comes into play...even the most well written story can come of a little lazy.
THAT ART THOUGH!
I mean what else can I say about Sharp that I haven't already? He took to Twitter today to make THIS statement:
I can't say that I agree with him though. Because so far in the story he's gifting us. . .every issue has been his best work. I mean lets be honest. We've never seen THIS from DC before. Okay maybe you have, but I know I haven't. It's new, it's vibrant, it's different, and it's fun.
Panels are more than just panels. They're frames, works of art leading your eye from one gorgeous part of the story to the next. And as our heroes explore Tir Na Nog, WE explore Tir Na Nog and it truly is a sight to behold.
Story wise we see Batman and Wonder Woman go out in search of answers and Batman deduces that there is more at play here than a simple murder...and by the end of this issue you'll be begging for more.
HE'S BATMAN! OF COURSE HE DOES...
The thing that really makes me sigh, yet is beneficial to Sharp and explains my "lazy writing" comment is Batman. It's no secret that I hate his character because of how insanely powerful he is, however that "flaw" allows a great writer like Tom King to utilize said "flaw" to ramp up his story without making it feel rushed or out of place. Example: Batman all of a sudden remembers some obscure story his old Irish nanny he had briefly as a child told him. You know, because of course he does. He then uses this information to discover some crazy portal or invisible cloak having mofos. Again, because OF COURSE HE DOES!
It's at this point he proceeds to be a dick to these guys and that brings us to our first fight scene of the run so far (I believe) and bow is it glorious. The panel to panel art in this fight actually got my heart racing and made we go back and read/look at it again. Also, from that fight Batman figured some more shit out and blah, blah, blah...(LOL)
It makes me Sigh because...ugh! FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Batman! However, that's just my personal feels on the Bats and that's all I gotta say about that.
SHARP IS A MASTER AT STORYTELLING...
That being said! To be clear, I say all this to say, that in the hands of a masterful wordsmith such as Sharp, Batman is, in fact, put to a good use here to accelerate the story without making us wonder how we got to this point. He also does a great job at making us feel as though Batman feels out of his element. Having to forgo logic and science for myth and magic Batman is definitely out of place. So in this, Sharp has tempered Batman's God like abilities with a reality not set in reality! (MIND BLOWN!)
NOW! If only I knew who the blue litch king looking guy was at the end of this issue I'd be happy. . .Balor maybe? Sharp has a way of making you want more and this comic bleeds it. It's concise, it's too the point, and best of all it is beautiful.
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