Batman: Urban Legends #19 [Part Two] - DC Comics
|BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS No. 19, November 2022
In addition, the comic book artist does a first-rate job in permeating his pencilling of “The Pennyworth Files” with all manner of tentacles, nervous glimpses into shadowy corners and mysterious fish-faced stalkers. These side-glances, moments of haunting doubt and resolute bravado genuinely help imbue all this narrative’s cast with plenty of intriguing emotion, and will arguably cause many in the audience to sympathetically sigh with relief at the instalment’s end when Bruce Wayne’s determined employee realises he no longer needs to risk his life by covertly infiltrating “the D’Agostino Murder Manor”. But rather visit the Headless Mummy of Dagon display at the Gotham City Museum instead; “I’ll take an elder god over the mafia any day!”
Equally as mesmerising due to its detailed insight into the World’s Greatest Detective is “Leather Bound” by Brandon Easton, which doubtless provided this anthology’s audience with many a nightmare concerning giant reptiles feasting upon human limbs in unpleasant smelling sewer systems. Initially hinting at perhaps a team-up between Batman and the villainous Killer Croc, the Baltimore-born writer instead rather excitingly establishes a traumatic three-way battle, where the Dark Knight must defeat both Waylon Jones’ super-strong alter-ego, and simultaneously track down a mysterious maniac who is obsessed with skinning his four-legged victims’ scaly hides.
Artist Will Robson should also be given a resonant round of applause for his contribution to this twenty-two page thriller, with his depiction of the Caped Crusader proving particularly memorable. However, it is probably the illustrator’s incredibly detailed drawings of all this terrifying tale’s numerous cold-blooded killers which will linger in any perusing bibliophile’s memory, courtesy of some imaginative panels showing massively-mouthed crocodiles, komodo dragons and snakes all desperately trying to take a chunk out of Bill Finger’s co-creation.
|The regular cover art of "BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS" #19 by Dike Ruan
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