“Batman Eternal” is about to wrap up (before eventually coming back in some format later this year) and, as such, it’s important to wrap up dangling plot threads. “Batman Eternal” #47 does just that, as Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins and Juan Ferreyra give us some check-ins with the various escapees from Arkham Asylum still at large even as the overall plot inches forward.
On the down side, until the last couple of pages, nothing really happens in “Batman Eternal” #47. There’s a lot of Batman’s allies preparing to take down the different bad guys throughout the city overall. On the up side, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the moments, like Clayface preparing for his big break, are actually rather funny. However, with the conclusion just a few weeks away for “Batman Eternal,” it’s hard to not be a little bit frustrated that we’re not getting a lot of forward action for the series itself.
The one part of “Batman Eternal” #47 that does stand out, though, is Ferreyra’s art. I love the two-page spreads that he uses to show Julia and Catwoman interacting. The first one looks great in the way that the pair of buildings house sets of panels, and the shadow of Julia leaping from one to the next links the pair and makes it a single, cohesive spread, which is some smart storytelling. The second one is a tiny bit more mundane, with the spread being set up with two long horizontal panels broken up into little moments of time, but they’re just as effective. The physical and verbal sparring comes across sharply, and the actual figure work for the characters is smooth and attractive. Honestly, these four pages could be used as instructions for new artists on how to use a different page layout that is still easy to follow and inventive at the same time.
“Batman Eternal” #47 is the beginning of the end and, at this point, if you’ve stuck around this long, you’ll know that it’s been a good ride. I’d have rather seen the conclusion already kicking into high gear at the start of this issue instead of the end, but there’s still enough here that you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money.