REVIEW: BATMAN #47
AUTHOR: John Bierly (Follow @JOHNBIERLY)
DATE: December 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: While Jim Gordon is in the fight of his life against Mr. Bloom, Bruce Wayne discovers a shocking secret about his past that will change everything in Gotham City!

In BATMAN #47, something monumental happens to Jim Gordon's career as Batman... but it doesn't affect the plot in any substantial way, nor does it have a major impact on the ongoing SUPERHEAVY story. This issue continues the trend I've written about in previous reviews since Mecha-Gordon-Zilla took over as the Non-Caped Crusader -- it just can't let go of Bruce Wayne.

From a harrowing action sequence in which Jim plays an unsolicited game of chicken with a GCPD helicopter to another jam that leaves Jim at the mercy of Mr. Bloom yet again, it all feels like padding for the Bruce Wayne stuff. Writer Scott Snyder mercifully makes the Duke Thomas subplot meaningful after several issues of detours by smashing the young man's story into Bruce's, with Duke pulling a Tim Drake on an entirely -- or perhaps not so entirely -- clueless Mr. Wayne.

(He doesn't become Batman, but he does something with a bat, man.)

Gordon's attempt to ask Bruce for Bat-advice provided a bit of a push, but it wasn't enough. Superman thinks Bruce needs to be told who he was; Alfred and Julie Madison are blissfully enjoying his ignorance (though Julie's enjoying it a lot more than Alfred is).

So is there anyone out there who can really bring Bruce back to the Bat? Snyder answers that question in #47; you should read it to see it for yourself, but it's not much of a mystery.

As always, Greg Capullo's art team nails every action and emotion, from Capullo's brawny lines to Danny Miki's precise inks to FCO Plascencia's perfect palette.

There's nothing wrong with “Superheavy” – it's just not holding my attention. Jim Gordon is playing second fiddle in what I thought would be his book for a while, while the Bruce Wayne stuff is frustrating and predictable. This will almost assuredly read better in a collected edition, but my month-to-month interest is waning…or Wayne-ing.

I'll grade it high because the hard work and thought are all over every page. I'm just not as into it as I'd like to be. - John Bierly

GRADE: A

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