After time travelling from the past to the present, Batman is fatally shot by Vandal Savage who reclaims the mysterious Fabergé egg.
Batman Universe sees Bendis on a roll. Many of the criticisms levelled against him for his work on Superman or Event Leviathan, for instance, are missing here or in short supply. Some of these criticisms include; bad dialogue, convoluted and slow storylines. In Batman Universe at least, Bendis moves the story briskly along. The dialogue is smooth and has a natural flow most of the time.
This time we get concrete information on the egg. We now know what was hiding inside. Bendis must surely tell us why it was acting so bizarrely, why was it faulty? Furthermore, why exactly does Vandal want the egg and unlock its secrets?
There were quite a few interesting twists and revelations in this issue. It maintains the high standards set by previous books. The seamless blending of action, mystery and suspense makes this issue another winner in this outstanding series.
Nick Derington delivers amazing artwork. The splash of Batman entering Vandal’s submarine and clashing with Vandal’s henchmen is magnificent. The art on the characters’ faces lacks detail but it’s fine because Derington captures the essence of their emotions through their facial expressions perfectly. The composition in each panel is also very well done. It is a pleasure following the story due to his carefully arranged visuals.
Batman Universe is another great issue.
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The twists and turns keep the story fresh. Surely, this series proves Bendis is a great talent even if his other work might suggest otherwise.