Batman: Eternal #42

Batman: Eternal #42

Writer: Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder Artist: Joseph A Quinones Jr. Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 21, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 9
7.4Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Youve been waiting for the debut of Bluebird and here it is, though this story may not have a happy ending!

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jan 21, 2015

    There was only one other storyline that had any focus this time, but it did progress decently enough and wasn't stretched out. The characters were good, the dialogue was fine, and so was the writing. The artwork had three artists on it, but it wasn't really a problem I found since each artist worked on one scene alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 24, 2015

    This week's Batman: Eternal wraps up the nanovirus story, but it's main draw is the full introduction of Bluebird.  As a Harper row fanboy, I couldn't wait to see it and Kyle Higgins doesn't disappoint.  We have ten more issues to go so I'm sure the book is going to go full throttle to the finish line, but it was nice to see Harper get her spotlight.  After reading this issue, I'm sure most would agree. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 21, 2015

    This issue may not have the biggest impact in the grand scope of the series but it does bring Harper further into the Bat-Family as she finally goes into action in her Bluebird guise. The events are approaching what the flash-forward events seen in BATMAN #28 and Batman is trying to get closer to finding out all the answers. The issue has three different artists. While they do work on separate character moments rather than splitting the entire issue three ways, it still is a noticeable shift in the middle of the story. If you're interested in seeing Bluebird's first outing in costume and what happens to Spoiler, you'll want to check this issue out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jan 21, 2015

    This issue for the most part stuck to Harper and her first real mission out alone to save the day. Did she make the big Bat in the sky proud? Well…apparently he has a lot to talk about with Red Robin (I think he's in troooouble). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jan 27, 2015

    Everybody has to begin somewhere. Everybody has to begin sometime. This is the place and the time for Harper Row, otherwise known as Bluebird, the newest member of the ever-expanding Bat Family. Strictly speaking, Harper is scarcelynew at all. She appeared in the earliest days of the New 52 as an occasional guest in Scott Snyder's Batman. Nor, for that matter, does her transformation into Bluebird defy expectations, since we saw her in that identity as far back as Batman #28. So what we have in Batman Eternal #42 is the fulfillment of a prophecy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 22, 2015

    This debut of Bluebird was a great introduction to a hero in training, filled with wit and self deprecating humor. While this particular book does not move the plot along that significantly, I found it to be surprising, fun, and an entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jan 22, 2015

    For all intents and purposes, this is a solid comic to start off Harper's debut journey as a legitimate superhero. Even though the story read too quickly as things resolved without too many obstacles " especially since Harper seemed to build her own solution out of nowhere " it still felt like Harper earned her chance to be the hero and owned it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Jan 21, 2015

    Overall, Eternal is shaping up to be quite an excellent Batman story and I am looking forward to its conclusion in the coming weeks. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 23, 2015

    Readers have been waiting for Bluebird to fly into action and, in "Batman Eternal" #42, she truly does, giving readers plenty to buzz about. Higgins and crew ensure this is comic book stays lively and smart, and they reward readers here for their time and attention. Bluebird begins her contribution to the legend of Batman in fine, fun fashion, offering readers a story filled with straightforward heroics and fisticuffs. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Jan 24, 2015

    We inch closer to what is sure to be a monstrous finale to an epic story and maybe (hopefully) we've capped the nanovirus part. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 24, 2015

    The general storytelling in Batman Eternal still isn't very good, at least as far as I'm concerned, and I wish Bluebird had been given a cooler first assignment, but this was an acceptable issue. Though Batman was kind of an asshole to everyone. Why even have him show up for a single page just to be grumpy and barely acknowledge Harper? Read Full Review

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