Batman #46 Review: Time-Travelling Deadpool

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Booster Gold returns to this alternate version of Gotham a year later (in local time). His new plan is to introduce Catwoman to Bruce Wayne and convince him to accept the "true timeline." However, this version of Catwoman is…a little different. Meanwhile, this iteration of Gotham worsens, and Thomas Wayne develops health issues.

Batman #46 cover by Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey
Batman #46 cover by Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey

You may have questions at that premise. Why is Booster Gold going through all this trouble to get Bruce to accept the alternate reality? Why does Booster think this will fix everything? Those are good questions. The comic seems to think Booster Gold is time-traveling Deadpool, and that makes for a frustrating read.

The comic is oddly brutal too. Like the Green Lantern suicide scene from the first issue, this comic turns into an extended bloodbath in the final sequence. It seems outright gratuitous. It also works to create a disparate tone with how goofy the behavior of Booster Gold.

Maybe this review is even more subjective than usual, but I know I'm not the only one disappointed with this arc. This story gleefully displays the suffering of its protagonists, and it's contrasted by a premise which comes off like a joke.

Batman #46 art by Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, and Tomeu Morey
Batman #46 art by Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, and Tomeu Morey

Tony S. Daniel's artwork doesn't disappoint. His usual highly detailed style coupled with his play with shading and texture create a distinct and visually appealing world. Booster Gold looks good with a beard, and the lankiness is a nice touch. I dig the reference to Catwoman's costume from Batman Returns, and Grayson's Batsuit looks quite good too. Tomeu Morey's color work is atmospheric and jives with the darker tone of this version of Gotham. The comic looks great.

Batman #46 is even more frustrating than the previous issue. I had hoped that this arc would become more engaging after the setup, but it's only gotten worse. Booster Gold behaves like Deadpool. There are extreme tone issues, even if they're intentional. The art is good, but it doesn't make up for the narrative. Give this one a pass.

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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.
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