I Am Batman #10

DC Comics

Written by John Ridley

Art by Christian Duce

Colors by Rex Lokus

Letters by Troy Peteri

The Rundown: When Manray goes after Mayor Villanueva, Batman and Detective Chubb go on the defensive.

The story opens with Batman and Chubb confronting the mayor regarding Manray’s pursuit. Elsewhere, Desante and Keenan discuss the issue with Manray and plans for his capture. Later, Hadiyah contacts Jace with some interesting information regarding a certain “list” and its implications. Then, at City Hall, Manray attacks the mayor. Soon, Batman shows up on the scene and an all-out brawl occurs between he and Manray. Afterwards, Chubb arrives on the scene just as Keenan tries to take the law in his own hands. This forces Chubb to make a surprising decision that unexpectedly strikes a chord with Manray.

The Story: Ridley crafts a riveting narrative that does not disappoint. Even though Jace has embraced the role of Batman and is determined to craft it with his own identity, he is plagued with guilt from his past actions. I am curious as to how this will affect his burgeoning relationship with a suspicious Chubb and inform his decisions regarding Manray. I also find the juxtaposition between Batman and Manray’s activations versus motivation fascinating. In a way, they are two sides of the same coin and their enmity toward each other has the potential to grow into an iconic arch enemy matchup. Now that Chubb has the attention of Manray, I am expecting the intensity to turn up a notch. I can’t wait to find out what happens next for this trio.

The Art: The illustration in this chapter is impressive. The fight scenes are well done and exciting. And I feel that each panel conveys an emotional depth that is particularly striking. Overall, I found that this issue presents a visually appealing and transportive experience.

I Am Batman #10

9.2

9.2/10

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