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Comic Review: Batman Eternal #6 adds Joker’s Daughter and a dash of magic

Deacon Blackfire in Batman Eternal

If Batman Eternal #5 was all about going high tech (what with its nanobot virus thingie), then Batman Eternal #6 goes the exact opposite direction. This comic is rife with magic, opening the door for a whole new conflict in this ever-growing plot against Batman and his allies.

Batwing is our Batman ally of the week this time around, and the story opens with him battling Gentleman Ghost. From there, Ray Fawkes (scripter for this issue) loops in Jim Corrigan, a.k.a. the Spectre, to help out Bats, while also re-introducing Deacon Blackfire for much longer than his brief cameo in issue #1.

Between Corrigan, Gentleman Ghost and the green-flame skeleton Deacon Blackfire, there’s a whole lot of magic going on here. Batman doesn’t care too much – he just sees it as another item on his growing to-do list – so Batwing becomes our entry point as readers. The tech whiz is out of his element with magic, but that just promises to make it more interesting when he’s teamed up with Corrigan to investigate a disturbance at Arkham.

And that disturbance? It’s the Joker’s Daughter (not really his daughter), holed up deep underground and talking about summoning someone (or something). She’s taking prisoners and giving them hallucinations, but beyond that, I don’t know what to tell you.

Magic brings a whole new dimension to this story, as it always does. Now, Batman is dealing with a gritty crime boss in Carmine Falcone, a nanotech virus, a potential psychic (someone capable of making Jim Gordon hallucinate), and elements of magic and the occult.

Just going to throw this one out there, since we’re pulling in everything possible: aliens for issue #7?

Batwoman regular Trevor McCarthy’s art is clean, crisp and easy to look at, but it steps to another level every time he draws the irradiated skeleton-ghost, Deacon Blackfire.

The writing is solid, too, if a little slow-paced.

After six issues, this is starting to reach the point where I want some progression on the existing storylines before we introduce any more of them. We’ve got just about all the Bat-pieces on the board now, with Red Robin, Batgirl, Harper Row, Batwing, Catwoman and even Stephanie Brown all involved. That leaves only Nightwing (kind of busy with Forever Evil still) and Jason Todd’s Red hood out of the picutre. And if they’re going to go for obscure cousins like Batwing, Batwoman is probably in the cards soon, too.

And I love the Batwoman character, but seriously, can we get this show on the road?

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