Setting The Scene For The Magic Trick Of Batman #77 (Spoilers)

Did you get a copy of Batman #77? Did you pay cover price? Well done you. Because while copies are indeed selling on eBay for $30 and probably going north of that when the mainstream media kicks in, we're just not buying it over here. You know, the big reveal. Or at least one of them.

We have been told in previous issues of City Of Bane about the current situation. How none of the Bat family are allowed in Gotham, or Alfred Pennyworth's life is in the balance.

Setting The Scene For The Magic Trick Of Batman #77

And Damian knew that explicitly.

Setting The Scene For The Magic Trick Of Batman #77

And in today's Batman #77, was reminded of that by Thomas Wayne, his grandfather from another dimension.

Setting The Scene For The Magic Trick Of Batman #77

And no threat is worth its salt unless it is carried through.

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But note. We never see him speak. The perception of events is from Damian, literally held in position.

Remember David Blaine's levitation trick? Known as The Balducci Levitation, it's all about keeping the audience watching from a very specific angle.

Setting The Scene For The Magic Trick Of Batman #77

Being in control. Showing what you want to. Because not even a Thomas Wayne from another dimension will actually participate in such an act. And, as he says, it was Alfred's idea anyway…

Oh and just in case, they have the Psycho Pirate. And a Lazarus Pit.

Setting The Scene For The Magic Trick Of Batman #77

And Alfred present in the near-future in-continuity Doomsday Clock series. Someone has to make pancakes for Rorschach.

It is a very cool comic book, that defies audience demands. Tom King's Batman is criticised for, Batman never doing anything – Batman does literally nothing in this issue. Reliance on quotes? There are more quotes. Too much Pow and Meow? There is more Pow and Meow. He doubles down and comes out on the other side. I see his run as huge melodrama, pinned to a macro structure and bashed into shape with a ball-peen hammer. And Batman #77 plays into all of that.

It's worth it. I mean, not worth $30. Wait till you can just pay $4…

(W) Tom King (A) Mikel Janin (A/CA) Tony S. Daniel
"City of Bane" continues! The last of the independent villains are on the run, leaving Gotham City entirely to Bane and his cronies-including Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl! Though this means a semblance of peace on the streets, the iron grip of tyranny is squeezing all life out of Gotham. And with Bane's machinations keeping other heroes out, the city really needs the Batman to return. Is Bruce Wayne ready to face his toughest foes yet…his father and the man who broke his back?In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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