'Batman Eternal #32' Blows Gotham City To Smithereens

Writer Kyle Higgins breaks down all the big events in 'Batman Eternal #32'.

Each week, MTV News is breaking down the big moments in DC Comics' "Batman Eternal," the weekly series that is redefining Gotham City as we know it.

This week, we talked to writer Kyle Higgins about how Gotham is about to get way, way worse than anyone could possibly imagine.

MTV News: Last issue ended on such a heroic cliffhanger, with Batman getting the team back together... And this issue just pulls the rug out. Why are you playing with our emotions so???

Kyle Higgins: Well, it IS a 52 week series. If everything was hunky dory at the end of chapter 31, then we’d have a lot of water to tread, wouldn’t we? And, honestly, that’s kind of a testament to the story we’re telling here. As readers will see in the coming weeks, my arc (the next three issues) are really just the end of the second act. The series will be taking some pretty unexpected turns as we build to the final issues.

MTV: Okay, fine, fine. So something that’s been at play throughout this series is the sense of improvisation Hush is bringing to his plan. Is this him getting things back on track, this issue?

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Higgins: I’d say so, yes. When you see how Hush came to be in Gotham and what prompted his campaign, I think you’ll have a better understanding for why there has been an improvisational element. That said, Hush’s focus and hatred of the Waynes has been quite constant. And now, with access to the Bat caches, he has a different tool to go after Bruce with.

MTV: At this point, what’s the relationship like between Hush and Jason Bard? Are they still co-conspirators, or is one working for the other?

Higgins: Jason is in league with Tommy. But, by the end of this issue… he’ll be questioning a lot of that. I don’t want to spoil the end of issue thirty-two, but issue thirty-three will bring a lot of Bard’s conflicted feelings to light.

MTV: More emotionally, the hug between Julia and Alfred is a long time coming. What was it like writing this scene?

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Higgins: It was fun. Cathartic, in a lot of ways. They’ve both certainly been on some journeys these last few months, huh?

MTV: Why the name The McGregor Database? Who’s McGregor?

Higgins: Actually, the name is a bit of an Easter Egg. I’m not going to say what it’s from, but I’d imagine anyone with Google or a great memory of really bad 90s movies will figure it out.

MTV: So yeah, things don’t look good for Batman or Gotham by issue’s end… What you can tease for what’s coming up?

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Higgins: The next two issues, like I said, are the end of this story’s second act. But, while these issues will be setting up the last third of the series, they’ll also explore some concepts that I’ve wanted to play with for a long time. Namely, taking many of Batman’s tactics and equipment and turning them against both him and Gotham, and watching the fallout—publicly and politically—as it happens.

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