Oh, it's just so good! It's just so good!
Eternal earned a 9.3/10 in my review for being a solid start to the next section of the series. There are a lot of grand reveals given today, including the return of a legendary Bat-rogue, a character's heel turn, the setup for Alfred's daughter to enter the fold, and the setup of a grand mastermind only nicknamed 'Mother.'
All the reveals either feel justified or add intrigue to the story, though the return of the rogue could have used a little setup.
Jason Fabok's art is its usual awesome and worked across the board. I really like the way he designs the Bat-verse in general and his colorist really helped him this issue.
The weak point in the story is that a lot of the other moving pieces are dropped to develop this one section (which helped the issue, to be sure, but makes it feel a bit smaller) and that it is ultimately all setup for a much bigger reveal next week.
The story got a 9.8/10, and may have just made its case for issue of the yeagr. My sole gripe is that the Robot Batman - which is as epic as it sounds, by the way - kind of gets a nonsensical end. I mean, it's 60s Batman, so I'm not expecting something truly thought-provoking, but while I like the cartoon-like finish it certainly isn't ideal.
The ending, much like the book in general, comes down to taste, but this is a hard one for me not to call outright-great. I think this is easily Jeff Parker's best work on the title and the art was spot-on throughout.
I'd highly recommend both books, though Batman '66 slightly more. It's a one-and-done story and doesn't require you to know a bunch of prior events. That said, either book is a good pickup.