bm-cv71Batman #71

DC Comics

Written by Tom King

Art by Mikel Janin and Jorge Fornes

Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by Clayton Cowles

After his escape from Arkham, Batman is ready to call out the men responsible. His first stop is the GCPD where Gordon has ordered him to leave. Ignoring him, Batman sends out a new kind of signal to his family as an intruder alert begins in the cave.


The issue shifts between Batman dealing with the intruder alert and the gathering of the Bat-family for a meeting with the Dark Knight himself. Not everyone attends, but the ones who arrive find themselves dealing with Bruce’s complicated investigation of both Bane and his father.

Back at the mansion, Bruce confronts the pair in the dining room and things escalate to an unforseen conclusion both in his fight with Bane and with his investigation with the family. Something is wrong with Batman. Something he doesn’t understand. Something that might have finally broken him.

Tom King continues to take the reader on an emotional, psychological journey with Batman and every new issue adds another interesting and thought-provoking layer to the character. All of the twists and turns the story takes are interesting and relentlessly entertaining. King crafts a story that flows with intensity and, at the end of the story, makes the reader question everything they just read.

Mikel Janin and Jorge Fornes deliver on the art with contrasting and complementary art styles for both parts of this story. The transition is amazing and there is a brilliant tonal and emotional shift conveyed through the art.

Batman #71




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