Batman #17 (Published by DC Comics; Review by Jon Arvedon; ‘Rama Rating: 9 out of 10):
After the jaw-dropping (or perhaps neck-snapping) conclusion to the previous issue, Batman #17 starts off with a bang as writer Tom King manages to keep the momentum alive. However, keeping it alive nearly comes at the expense of the life of one of the Caped Crusader’s cohorts. It isn’t someone you would expect based on Issue #16’s closing page, though. In fact, it doesn’t take long for us to learn the fate of Batman’s son and former wards, as King cleverly leverages the greater DC Universe – Superman, to be specific – to progress that particular plot point. Much like the first arc, David Finch continues to excel on art, with crisp clean linework and tight crosshatching that lay the foundation for beautiful compositions, such as the double-page spread featuring the Dark Knight perched broodingly on a rooftop. Of course, Finch’s aesthetics are rounded out by Danny Miki’s precise inks, and Jordie Bellaire’s stellar palette selection. Overall, King does a great job furthering the plot as the I Am Bane arc continues to unfold, and it ends with our first look at the menacing, masked man from Santa Prisca, himself, setting the stage for what promises to be an explosive next issue.