Batman No. 16 | Writer Tom King | Artist David Finch
Oh my goodness, Batman #16 from DC Comics is one hell of a funny book right up until Tom King murders three people in the Batcave. Seriously, between Bruce Wayne eating a Batburger like George Costanza, grimacing his way through a fast-food lunch with all of his current and former compadres and defending Alfred's cucumber sandwiches, this one hell of a hilarious Batman issue.
I'm not going to spoil too much because while this is a funny book, there is enough substance and story progression that makes it an important read to avid fans at the same time. BUT, check out this damn series of events and then tell me you don't have $2.99 for it:
This is exactly how I imagine Bruce Wayne would act if someone asked him to "Jokerize" his fries.
Read " ... God help us all," and try not to laugh.
All right, enough of that funny business. Seeing Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Damian Wayne and Duke Thomas interact together, and with Bruce, is a fascinating thing for a Batman fan. Tom King choreographs the weird-as-shit conversation and talk of "who dies this time," in glorious fashion that will resonate with new- and old-readers alike.
Finch does a great job taking the reins back for issue 16, as he brings the funny -- and dark as hell -- moments to life with layers upon layers on dialogue-filled pages, and delightfully tasteful action sequences.
Jordie Bellaire on colors, can I just stop there? No? Go on?
Well, imagine this, she killed it again. There is a reason Jordie's name was plastered on most of your favorite books in the last two years, and it's because she's damn good at what she does. She makes each character standout on their own, she brings depth perception to life in comic book form and she makes it seem that she treats each page with the same attention as any other.
Rating 9.5/10: An uncharacteristic Batman book that ends very much on character. Tom King, David Finch and Jordie Bellaire bring a funny-as-all-hell story to a screeching halt with a dark ending. An absolute must-grab for Bat-readers new and old.