REVIEW: BATMAN #48
AUTHOR: John Bierly (Follow @JOHNBIERLY)
DATE: January 20, 2016

SYNOPSIS: Mr. Bloom's seeds have grown into an army that may turn all of Gotham City against its new Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne meets a mysterious stranger who could start a chain of events no one can stop.

Slicing through the skin of our nation's current socio-political climate and digging around like one of Mr. Bloom's talon-tipped tendrils, BATMAN #48 cuts deeply, thrills hugely, and pays off massively as “SUPERHEAVY” heads toward its inevitable (but still original) conclusion.

Writer Scott Snyder and his own super-heavy-duty art team led by Greg Capullo expertly bounce us back and forth between Bruce Wayne's favorite park bench (and the strange fellow he met there at last issue's end) and a bloodied Jim Gordon, who struggles in the grasp of a literally looming Mr. Bloom.

As Bloom urges Gotham's citizens to find their own power by invoking the cynical moods and hard truths of divisiveness and inequality that seethe beneath todays's harshest headlines, Bruce attempts to make sense of his bench-mate's odd (and, thanks to what's in his paper bag, ominous) musings of a seemingly shared past.

Snyder nicely writes the transitions to set the scenes and themes of each switch, while Capullo, inker Danny Miki, and colorist FCO Plascencia bring eye-popping power to every page. Whether it's the stories told by the postures and faces of Bruce and his odd "friend" in the park or the giant Bloom who towers above the city streets with a wounded but wily Gordon clutched in his claws to the riveting final pages that you simply need to see for yourself, Capullo and crew deliver big on the action and emotion as always.

Weird, exciting, disturbing, and inspiring, with its finger firmly on the pulse of today's social conscience (and occasional lack thereof), BATMAN #48 is one of the finest issues of “SUPERHEAVY” yet, making big promises that Snyder and his team know how to keep. For the second time since this run began, I'm losing my mind waiting for the next issue, and that makes me feel like I'm home. - John Bierly

GRADE: A+

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