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IGN: Batman #12 Review

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The "I Am Suicide" story arc is nothing if not an experimental approach to Batman storytelling. Tom King and Mikel Janin's gambles haven't always paid off, as we saw in issue #10 last month. But the opposite is true in the case of Batman #12. This latest issue takes some very daring risks with the characters, risks that result in the strongest chapter yet of an already great comic.

Mirroring an earlier issue that featured a letter from Catwoman to Batman as running narration, Batman #12 is a somber, introspective affair that's framed by Bruce's letter to Selina. What this letter proves is that, even after so many decades and so many thousands of Batman comics, it's still possible to offer a genuinely new and different take on Bruce Wayne's psychology. As the letter opens, Bruce is portrayed as a cold, clinical man who doesn't understand Selina's decision to become a mass-murderer. But over the course of the issue, Bruce lets down his guard and shows more of the tortured, lonely man that only a select few like Selina ever come to know. Bruce not only acknowledges the futility and ridiculousness of his endless crusade, but offers new insight into his childhood and relationship with his parents. Suffice it to say, this issue gives new context to the "I Am Suicide" title.

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