Writer: Tom King / Artists: Mikel Janin, Hugo Petrus / DC Comics
Many of us obsess over Batman because we aspire to become him—the embodiment of humanity at it’s best. The biggest drawback to that is that, for a guy with no actual superpowers, he can seem a bit unrelatable for those very same reasons.
To counteract that, he was given a rogues gallery of antagonists that each carry their own human flaws, only turned up to the extreme. Tom King and Mikel Janin, with additional help from Hugo Petrus in issue #43, excel at honing in on those flaws.
Here I am again reading an issue of Batman and fighting the urge to let a thug tear or two fall as we finally learn Poison Ivy’s motivations for taking over the entire world with hypnosis. She was simply overcompensating for a sin she committed back during the “War of Jokes and Riddles.”
Issue #43 of Batman doesn’t come with a lot of action. There’s some, and it comes at the right moments. But exposition is front and center here as we wrap up a series that never really needed a lot of action to tell a cohesive story.
If you’ve ever gone through any kind of pain, as we all have by now, this issue may be therapeutic for you. Honestly, much of this run of Batman will as it constantly touches on how to deal with loss then help others do the same through a sense of community.
Next up, do we finally get to see Batman and Catwoman get married?!?! I hope so. They’ve become my favorite new couple in comics, right above Sam Wilson and Misty Knight. So let’s make my two ships sail off into the sunset.