Batman Eternal 01Welcome to Batman Forever, a weekly review of “Batman Eternal” from DC Comics.

I’ll look at the weekly comic every time for a short review and a prediction as to what comes next. And, as a special treat, I’ll reproduce one panel from each week’s comic with some of the many action figures I have laying around.

Here we go!

Batman Eternal #1

SQUEEEEE! Batman and Jim Gordon go after Professor Pyg, and in the midst of apprehending a suspect, Gordon fires on him and causes a train to derail. Hundreds may be dead, and the commissioner is under arrest.

So far, this is less a Batman book and more of a Gotham City book. We get a look at the bright lights of the city, corrupt cops, a stand-up rookie, Harvey Bullock and Jim Gordon making a huge mistake but still standing up and being a good guy.

It’s a great kick-off to the the Eternal story, and it even includes a one-page preview of the finale featuring a bloody Batman chained to a busted Bat-signal.

As for the Batman stuff, I’m intrigued by the cut-up, defeated Batman from the flash-forward, and I like that this is an aggressive Batman that goes for kicking ass instead of making a wise-ass comment. I just hope they have this more planned out than some other DC weekly titles that, while I loved them, kinda went off the rails.

My only complaint: the book was kinda short for a first issue. I was surprised that it ended so quickly, and I expected a little more setup. Good thing we get a new issue every week.

Next Week: my guess is that Gordon was drugged by a mystery man. With Gordon off the force (for now), all hell breaks loose in the department.

Next week’s cameo: The Penguin.

Was I right? Check in next time and I’ll tell you.

By night, Kevin Coffey fights crime as a masked vigilante. By day, he’s the music critic for the Omaha World-Herald, Dungeon Master, lover of the Muppets, husband and father. He also enjoys making snide comments during movies (his wife has asked that he stop, but he refuses). Read his musings on Twitter (@owhmusicguy), music reviews and previews at, and bloggy stuff at his blog, Rock Candy.