This is what a Batman comic should be
Batman exploding?Â A damsel in distress?Â A guy proclaiming to be the modern incarnation of King Tut?Â No, Iâ€™m not describing an episode of the 60â€™s Batman television series, that featured Victor Buono as the villain, but rather King Tutâ€™s introduction into the Batman family of comics 33 years after first being introduced on TV.
Writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir conclude the final chapter of the King Tut story line in this issue, and theyâ€™ve followed the three-act structure perfectly.Â Theyâ€™ve also done something Iâ€™ve only seen a few other writers pull off well, and that is the cliffhanger ending of one chapter being explained away in the beginning of this one.
Considering Batman canâ€™t die in these tales of the Dark Knightâ€™s past, the exploding building at the end of the last issue, was only a tease to get the reader thinking how Batman and the Riddler would get out of their fix.Â And Batman pulls it off quite well by not only saving himself and his adversary turned companion, heâ€™s also able to save some valuable evidence that the duo will use to track down the whereabouts of Victor Goodman.
If you are someone who liked the deadly traps at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, then youâ€™ll get a kick out of the booby trapped warehouse of the man who believes he is the risen king of Egypt.Â And even though the Odd Couple of Crime Fighting barely make it through each of the deadly traps, itâ€™s nice to see the writers are able to interject humor in natural places throughout the issue that keeps everything lighthearted, even when Tut is about to drop the hammer (so to speak) on the Riddler.
By issues end, Batman and the Riddler defeat the villain, but in the process end up creating a brand new one, that hopefully will appear in a sequel to this series in the very near future. Thereâ€™s also a very interesting moment when the Batman flat out asks the Riddler why he didnâ€™t kill him when he had the chance. To which the Riddler replies that he likes having Batman around as heâ€™s the only who can figure out his riddles.
If DC were smart it would hold DeFilippis and Weir down on the ground and force them to sign a multi-year, eight figure contract to write exclusively for Batman, all the while taking their comic book scripts and allowing them to adapt the adventures of the Dark Knight into a series for HBO.Â At the very least, this three part story has the two writers on my radar, and Iâ€™ll be paying close attention to what they take on next.Â If they can repeat this performance elsewhere (and preferably in a Batman title), DC will have my money securely in its pocket.
Likewise with the fantastic art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez; I could read a yearâ€™s worth of issues featuring his lines and never complain about wanting to see someone elseâ€™s take on the story.Â He can draw the sexy women.Â He can draw the subtle reactions and facial expressions in the characters.Â He can draw the Riddler quite well, and he most assuradly can draw the Batman in his full 70â€™s regalia.Â I like it, and I want more of it.
If you canâ€™t tell from my continuous praise, I really like this arc.Â Thatâ€™s a full turn around from my stance on the entire series a few issues ago. Instead of trying to retcon history, and force a gimmick down the readers throats by proclaiming it the new new revised truth, The King Tut arc introduces a new character, an interesting twist that in retrospect lays the groundwork for the current disposition of the Riddler, and delivers a story that ever comic book reader should own.Â Batman Confidential #28 is a fantastic read and deserves 5 out of 5 Stars.