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THE END IS NEAR. AND THE TRUTH WILL BE REVEALED. Batman�s city is burning. In the months since Commissioner Jim Gordon fell from grace, criminal empires have risen. Martial law has been declared. Arkham Asylum has been emptied. Bruce Wayne has been bankrupted. And Gotham City has been torn apart. Batman and his allies have fought their way up the food chain, and put down a slew of madmen and masterminds. Yet each hard-earned victory and stunning revelation has left them no closer to the true power behind it all. But what if the truth was right in front of them all along? Even as an army of the Dark Knight�s deadliest enemies is unleashed upon the city, he must fight through the terror and focus on the clues that will lead him to his final foe� The year-long weekly saga that rocked the world of Batman to its core reaches its stunning conclusion in BATMAN ETERNAL VOL. 3. Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins and Tim Seeley, and drawn by a host of talented artists, it�s the payoff to the biggest mystery in the Dark Knight�s history! Collects issues #35-52.
The art is unpredictable in this collection of the first 21 issues of DC's weekly Batman Eternal series. The effect may be less intense in the individual weekly issues, but the collision of all this varied talent in a single edition is jarring. While the excellent Jason Fabok launches an ambitious follow-up to the kick-ass Forever Evil series, Ian Bertram, a wonderful artist whose kitschy work evokes some classic Corben, conveys a Liberace-meets-Fabio vibe that is uniquely unsuitable to Batman. As for the story line, it seemed promising at first: Commissioner Gordon is thrown in jail for unwittingly causing the deaths of a slew of subway riders, and Batman must try to regulate the gang war that subsequently erupts, pitting a predictably psychopathic Penguin against the ruthless Carmine Falcone. So far so good. It's all the ancillary plot lines that subsequently cloud the story, however, that make the narrative completely impenetrable at times. This book is probably best read in increments of no more than two issues at a time.