Writer: Tim Seeley
Penciler: Paul Pelletier
Not skipping a beat, Eternal picks up right where we left off last week. Harper Row is being attacked by the Orphan, Dick Grayson is on the run, and more is known on the Scarecrow crisis from back in the day. Those are just the bullet points of this week’s issue, but trust me there’s a lot happening. Spoiler also makes an appearance and Red Robin reunites with the crew. All this, before a great cliffhanger with the one and only Jason Todd.
Eternal #2 was a quick read, and I’m saying that with a high honor. Tim Seeley takes over the scripting duties and smoothly takes us to each character without us feeling overwhelmed. He sprinkles a little more answers onto questions raised last week, then dumps more mystery on us. Why are Batman’s allies on this list? Who is Cassandra Cain? What happened with the Scarecrow? Who is mother?
In this week’s flashback to “the incident”, Robin is blasted with some fear gas which makes him freak out over being the Boy Wonder. Does he really ruin what Batman originally set out to do? I feel like this, having been Robin’s main fear, will be popping up throughout the rest of the run. The book is titled Batman and Robin so surely the main story will be about their partnership and the good, or bad, it does. Paul Pelletier does a fine job stepping into the doodles this week. His work has a little sketch vibe to it, but it totally works here. He fits right into the Eternal-verse of artists that are now on my radar.
Overall, good follow up to an awesome debut. Let’s hope this story keeps on truckin’ for 24 more weeks.