Originally published in Batman Giant #7 and Batman Giant #8 from DC Comics, Batman: Universe #3 is written by Brian Michael Bendis (Superman, Action Comics), with art by Nick Derington, colors by Dave Stewart, and letters by Josh Reed. Previously, Batman found himself being transported to Gorilla City only to be transported again to Thanagar. Now, while still on the hunt for the Fabergé egg and the secrets it contains, Batman tries to bargain with the Thangarians. However, Batman finds himself in trouble again as his journey takes him to Dinosaur Island with Green Lantern. Batman and Green Lantern must work together in this hostile environment to stop Vandal Savage before he unlocks the egg’s secrets.
The Dark Knight’s time in Thanagar is short but it is not without action. After being deemed a threat, Batman must prove to the Thangarians he is trustworthy. However, after aiding them in an attack and being transported back to earth, Batman learns that the Riddler has escaped and Vandal Savage is somehow to blame. With the help of the League, and more specifically Green Lantern, Batman tracks the egg to Dinosaur Island.
Batman: Universe #3 reads like a road trip as Batman inadvertently goes on a sightseeing adventure of the DC Universe while on a wild goose hunt for a magical Fabergé egg. I have seen Batman taking on dinosaurs before – see Dark Knights: Metal #1– and to be honest, I do not think I will ever tire of it. While this issue is not as funny as previous ones, Bendis still does an excellent job at creating levity. The banter between Batman and the Green Lantern is well done and stays true to their characters.
As I have said in previous reviews, Derington’s art works really well for the lighter tone of this story. This is the first issue where we have seen Batman unmasked and Derington’s Bruce is downright lovely. He has accented lines and bags under his eyes showing just how exhausting this adventure has been. Despite this though, this Bruce Wayne has a softer look in his eyes which is what I appreciated most about the art. Additionally, Stewart’s colors are incredibly bright this issue, especially on Dinosaur Island. Panels feel bigger than they are because of the bright colors that bleed into the background of the pages.
Batman: Universe is not a series that examines the Dark Knight’s psyche or ongoing existential crisis. Instead, it is a lighthearted adventure that reminds me of an episode of Justice League: Unlimited. Batman’s sass and humor are on full display in this series. And while it may have originally debuted in a comic made exclusively for Walmart, Batman: Universe #3 is anything but discount. I am excited for what thrills lie ahead in the upcoming issue.
Batman: Universe #3 is available now wherever comic books are sold.
Batman: Universe #3
Batman’s sass and humor are on full display in this series. And while it may have originally debuted in a comic made exclusively for Walmart, Batman: Universe #3 is anything but discount.