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Batman #51 Review - by Robbie Rowe

Rating: 4 of 5

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Lee Weeks

When there’s a storm, it’s hard to go back to the everyday. You try to pick up the pieces, clean up the mess and try your best to feel a little better, do a little better. But, really and truly, it’s not gonna be an easy road ahead.

I think the same applies to Tom King’s Batman right now. When it came to Batman #50 two weeks ago, things really didn’t go as many were hoping and indeed expecting them to. So this issue handles, to some (or a major) degree the aftermath of the previous issue – and in a very dark, disturbing way.

In Batman #51, ice powered Mr Freeze is on trial – with Bruce Wayne on the jury. Rather than this simply being a story of a super villain on trial and a super hero on the jury unbeknownst to them, this takes a more interesting and daring turn, one that I applaud Tom King for taking. The art isn’t my favourite, I feel King’s had a lot better in previous issues and likely will again in future installments.

But it perhaps suits the violence of the story, the court setting and the active crime fighter of Gotham at this time. Ultimately, it’s something different to what you might expect from a follow up to the wedding, though that’s not really a bad thing. I think Mr King’s gonna take us to some unexpected, scary places in the next few issues – and I am intrigued.