Batman #47 Review: A Surprisingly Decent Ending to a Subpar Arc

Posted by May 18, 2018 Comment

Batman #47
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Writer: Tom King, Artist: Tony S. Daniel, Inkers: Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, and Sandu Florea, Color Artist: Tomeu Morey, Letters: Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey, Variant Cover by: Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts, Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr, Editor: Jamie S. Rich, Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, Booster Gold created by Dan Jurgens, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

A year later, Bruce Wayne is training himself with the guns left behind by the Batman. He has Booster Gold chained up in his basement and is trying to repair Skeets in the hope of saving his parents. He soon discovers that Skeets is voice-activated, which means that he must bring Booster Gold back up from his prison.

Batman #47 cover by Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey
Batman #47 cover by Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey

Batman #47 actually pulls out a mostly decent ending to “The Gift.” While the crassness of the story and its myriad tonal issues were jarring at times, the ending to the comic grounds the narrative for the better.

The comic still leans on humor a too hard in spots that did not need it. While Bruce is trying to convince Booster to take them back and save his parents, Booster winks at Skeets. This leads to a weak comedy routine where Booster tries to convince Bruce that there was a fly in his eye.

The finale finally has Booster Gold facing the horrific outcomes of his actions, and that is a nice change of pace. However, it still leaves you wondering why he thought any of this was a good idea in the first place, which brings us back to the perplexing fact that Tom King has written him like a time-travelling Deadpool.

Batman #47 art by Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, Sandu Florea, and Tomeu Morey
Batman #47 art by Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, Sandu Florea, and Tomeu Morey

Tony S. Daniel’s artwork continues to be a pleasing highlight in the comic. He draws Booster emaciated and hairy after being held in prison, and it’s a bit unnerving. The detailing is oddly lighter in some parts, but most of the book still looks great. Tomeu Morey’s color art is darker and well balanced, with Booster’s costume being allowed to stand out in the gray and black of Gotham City.

Batman #47 brings a surprisingly solid ending to “The Gift.” This issue is still tonally off and makes Booster out to be near unlikable, but the ending lands some emotional resonance. Plus, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu FloreaDanny Miki, and Tomeu Morey bring some great artwork to the title. I can recommend this one who have been enjoying Tom King’s Batman, and tentatively recommend it to others. Booster Gold fans, however, will still find the comic misrepresenting this great character.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

(Last Updated May 17, 2018 10:23 pm )

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