Review Brew: ‘Batman #52’
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Lee Weeks
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: 8/01/2018
Bruce Wayne has faced many challenges throughout his life but now he faces his greatest challenge, jury duty….
Batman #52 is the second part of the Cold Days story arc which sees Bruce Wayne trying to convince a jury of his peers that Mr. Freeze is innocent of a crime he didn’t commit. The bodies of three women that were all the same age as Freeze’s frozen wife Nora are found in various locations throughout Gotham. After the evidence is found that the women died of low brain temperature, Mr. Freeze is arrested and confesses to the crime. Will the rest of the jury be swayed?
Tom King proves that he is one of the best writers in comics today throughout this book. The story he tells is very intimate but has high stakes. I really enjoyed seeing Bruce reflect on the night he captured Freeze while he is trying to convince his peers that they are in the wrong. Another highlight are the personal interactions that Bruce has with the rest of the jury. The various jury members talk about how rough their lives in Gotham have been and how violent the city is. I love the writing by Tom King.
The art by Lee Weeks is absolutely beautiful and it compliments the story well. My favorite panels in this book aren’t the action scenes but the scenes in the jury room. Whenever Bruce takes center stage in a panel, there are more shadows than usual and it’s great. I also love the design of the suit Bruce is wearing, it’s a black suit with a pink shirt and black tie and it’s beautiful. Weeks is the perfect artist for this series.
I couldn’t find anything wrong with this book. Tom King and Lee Weeks knock it out of the park.
5 Jury Members out of 5