When all of the lights in Gotham exit, you need the superhero who’s at house within the shadows to maintain you secure. That’s how Batman: Fortress #1 begins, and the darkness solely grows from there. Delivered to you by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson, Batman: Fortress is an eight-issue restricted sequence that shouldn’t be missed.
Fortress guarantees to inform a large-stakes story on a world scale, however its compelling first concern is all about how Batman handles one in every of his darkest nights but. So, whereas it could be unwelcomed by a hero identified to work greatest after the solar goes down, for the sake of the remainder of us, let’s shed some mild on Batman: Fortress #1.
Brief model: He’s Batman. He’s undaunted.
At first it looks like an everyday citywide blackout on every other evening. That’s normally sufficient to carry out some would-be burglars, nevertheless it’s nothing for a veteran hero like Bruce Wayne to fret about…till Alfred informs him that the ability outage is worldwide.
An alien ship hovering within the environment is disrupting communications and electrical energy throughout the globe. (In fact, the Batcave has backup energy to run scans and examine what’s inflicting the blackout. I advised you, he’s Batman.) Bruce deems it a hostile assault towards the planet. So the place is Earth’s steadfast defender? Why hasn’t Superman swooped in to avoid wasting the day when he’s wanted essentially the most? The M.O.S. is MIA.
In the meantime in Gotham, the GCPD finds a intelligent technique to mild the Batsignal. Not as a result of the Darkish Knight isn’t conscious of what’s taking place, however extra as a warning to wannabe criminals to cease what they’re doing as a result of he’s on his approach. However when Batman begins his patrol of the streets, he chooses to go away the looters be in a placing panel that reveals how effectively Whitta and Robertson perceive the hero.
Massive display TVs and different such shiny objects are nugatory to Batman, who doesn’t give a batarang about looting. “These locations all have insurance coverage,” he monologues. “Not my job to guard their revenue margins.”
The web page highlights the true purpose he’s out evening after evening—it’s the harmless those who he actually cares about. “That is why I costume up as a bat,” he says.
Talking of dressing as a bat, I’ve to provide a fast shout-out to Darick Robertson’s grey and black Batsuit and its yellow utility belt. Easy. Basic.
Alarmingly, Batman’s issues are simply starting. The cells at Arkham Asylum opened when the ability went out, so the Darkish Knight concentrates on discovering his rogues gallery someplace in Gotham. As in, his whole rogues gallery. They’ve been unleashed on the unsuspecting residents and the clock’s ticking. Batman spends the majority of the evening trying to find the escaped super-villains in memorable, action-packed scenes. He saves numerous lives.
After the exhausting first evening of the blackout, the World’s Biggest Detective nonetheless has the largest thriller but to resolve. The place is Superman? The Batcave pc can’t find him, and it could actually solely be dangerous information if Superman is absent when an interstellar menace looms. It’s time to name in the remainder of the Justice League and begin combating again towards the obvious invaders…within the subsequent concern.
Whereas the puzzle surrounding Superman drives the general plot, Batman: Fortress #1 makes it clear that it’s Batman who’s the star of the present. This fast peek into his crimefighting philosophy is an intriguing one. The witty guide additionally throws out quips with Bruce Wayne’s dry humor right here and there, masterfully rounding out his character. Additionally, Alfred, who’s nonetheless alive on this out-of-continuity guide. There’s a number of Alfred right here and that’s at all times an excellent factor.
All in all, this can be a robust begin to a standalone sequence that guarantees to ceaselessly change how we take into consideration the Final Son of Krypton. In different phrases, Bat-fans, this can be a guide your fortress shouldn’t be with out.
Batman: Fortress #1 by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson is now obtainable in print and as a digital comedian guide.
Kelly Knox writes about all-ages comics and animation for DCComics.com and her writing will also be seen on IGN, Nerdist and extra. Observe her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to speak superheroes, comics and popular culture.
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