I Am Batman #9
Written by John Ridley
Art by Christian Duce & Stephen Segovia
Colors by Rex Lokus
Letters by Troy Peteri
The Rundown: Jace Fox deals with a major setback while redefining what it means to be Batman.
In the opener Batman takes out his frustration on a violent criminal leaving Detectives Chubb and Whitaker in confusion. Afterwards, Chubb speaks with Batman about a detective’s concerning actions. Sometime later, Jace visits Tamara and receives solid advice regarding his current situation. Later, he reaches out to an old friend for help with an investigation and works with Vol to increase his resources. Finally, he works with the GCPD to pursue a killer.
Elsewhere, Tanya Fox tangles with the mayor and has a heart to heart with her youngest daughter.
The Story: This chapter provides an in depth look into the creation of Jace’s Bat Team. His growth over the past few series is palpable. And I appreciate how he is learning to take the advice of those who support him, including his family. I find the juxtaposition between Jace Fox and Bruce Wayne highly interesting. Their versions of Batman ultimately have the same needs, but their approach to community varies widely. I am excited to see how Jace’s approach to Batman impacts his new home.
The Art: This eye-catching comic features a modern style and brilliant coloring. Although light on action, the character building is enhanced by the illustration. The attention to detail and focus on character expression and form are engaging and emotionally connective, making for a transportive experience.