Review: ‘Justice League: The Darkseid War: Batman’ #1
“Justice League: The Darkseid War: Batman #1”
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Fernando Pasarin
Ink: Matt Ryan
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
They say that Power is the greatest drug. If that’s the case then the Dark Knight may be in need of an intervention. In the recent Justice League story arc “The Darkseid War,” Batman recently became a god. I can already hear the fanboys snickering, “wasn’t he already one before?” Well, it’s official now. Praise Batman?
For those that haven’t been keeping up with “The Darkseid War,” a small spoiler warning: Darkseid is dead. This may sound like a good thing, but several members of the Justice League have replaced the New Gods, although possibly at the cost of their own humanity. Batman was the first member of the League to become a New God. He now is in possession of Metron’s Mobius Chair and has become the all knowing God of Knowledge. Now that Darkseid is gone he’s free to return to Gotham to use his new power to clean up his city…and also take care of some personal business.
Commissioner Gordon isn’t a fan of New God Batman though. Batman is arresting people that haven’t even committed a crime yet. Gordon tries to tell Batman the way the judicial system is set up is can’t keep someone in prison for something they haven’t even done yet. Since that’s the case Batman gets more creative on what to do with criminals since Gordon won’t help him. Plus, since he’s all knowing, he knows the one question that he has never been able to answer on his own: who killed his parents? Once Batman pays his parents killer a visit, he set his eyes on another personal mission he was never able to accomplish on his own.
So basically this story boils down to the New 52 meeting between Batman and Joe Chill. The story has been told several times before, and it’s usually a pretty emotional story the majority of the time. I have to say that Batman being a god kind of took away from it. Mainly because Batman meets his boogeyman. Therfore even though he’s the Batman this the one man that emotionally scarred him for life. Batman floating around in a god chair doesn’t deliver the same impact. Which is why you can give Superman and Spider-Man a completely different powerset, but you can’t do that with Batman. Giving Batman powers makes him no longer Batman. Plus with all that power he has now, the actual outcome of his meeting with the killer of his parents was extremely underwhelming and even pointless.
Plus they never got into why Joe Chill did what he did. It varies depending on whatever universe DC reboots themselves as any given week. Sometimes it’s a random mugging, but sometimes it’s a professional hit. In previous stories Chill was made to be more sympathtic, but its definitely not the case here. It’s already heavily hinted at the Court of Owls may have had a hand in his parents’ murder in the New 52, so why not follow up on that? In the story once Batman is done with Chill he just moves on to something else.
So basically this is the same story that has been told better before. Batman ignoring the judicial system and passing his own judgment was much more interesting but that felt like a side story to Joe Chill. That doesn’t mean mesn there aren’t any emotional scenes. Batman going back in time to that fateful night in Crime Alley to stop the bullet that killed his mother but unable to stop it was pretty powerful. There are some other seeds 0lsnted in thsi story also. Is Batman controlling the Mobius Chair…or is the Chair controlling Batman? Find out next time. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.