The DC Review! – ‘Batman’ #52

Tom King has hit his stride with his 'Cold Days' storyline.

Review by J.T. Johnson

WRITER: Tom King
ART: Lee Weeks
COLOR: Elizabeth Breitweiser
LETTERS: Clayton Cowles

Welcome to ‘The DC Review’! So, here’s the deal. I have no problem with Marvel Comics, but I was a DC kid that grew into a DC adult! I’m also a man on a budget and that’s the real reason that I have to take a side. I’m starting to pick up more DC comics and I wanted to come here to my site to talk about the various books that I’m reading. I’ll also use this article to talk about older DC Comics stories and film projects both new and old! If you’re a fan of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc., then come back here to see what I have to say about the world of DC Comics!

Since writer Tom King has taken over “Batman” when DC’s Rebirth brand started, it has been a hit-or-miss affair for me. His “I Am…” trilogy was okay and I felt that he was finding his feet. Unfortunately, I could not stand “The War of Jokes and Riddles” and then he started Bruce Wayne’s engagement.

While I found it initially intriguing that Batman and Catwoman were engaged, there were a series of stories that I honestly just couldn’t get into. Then, the Joker showed up and I began to have doubts that the two would actually get married. Sure enough, their wedding was called off and several months worth of stories led to the biggest non-event I’ve seen in comics for some time now.

Thankfully, King has started the ‘Cold Days’ storyline with issue #51. In that issue, Bruce Wayne has been called in for jury duty. Mr. Freeze has been captured for the murder of three women and all signs point to Mr. Freeze being the murderer. At the end of that issue, though, the jury votes and only one person gives the vote for “not guilty”… Bruce Wayne!

Issue #52 decides to let Wayne make his arguments for why Mr. Freeze may be innocent. It is a compelling courtroom drama with Lee Weeks’ art showing the storied history between Batman and Mr. Freeze. Of course, anyone who reads the issue will know that Wayne is mostly in doubt because he thinks his emotions may have been compromised by the fallout of his doomed wedding.

Speaking of Weeks’ artwork, I have to say that I’m very impressed. The style is very reminiscent of David Mazzucchelli’s artwork in “Batman: Year One”. While I don’t often like comparisons such as these, Weeks is extremely confident and the style fits the tone of the book quite nicely.

Throughout the story, Wayne brings up the three main pieces of evidence against Mr. Freeze. He then proceeds to poke the holes through each point. Someone could have tampered with the bodies and tried to frame Mr. Freeze. The confession could have been coerced out of Mr. Freeze due to his fear of Batman and the more savage than usual beating he received from the Caped Crusader. Finally, he also questions the jury that apparently thinks that Batman is infallible.

The story of Wayne questioning his own case through a courtroom setting is a pretty genius idea and, so far, King is pulling it off perfectly. This is, so far, the best story that he has written and for the first time in quite awhile, I’m actually looking forward to the next issue of “Batman”!


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