Batman is M.I.A., and it’s time for Batwoman to take the reins! But can she control a strike force that’s barely worked together… including unstable wildcard Clayface?
Batman is down and what is Batwoman and this new team that’s been gathered to do? Kate has to make a decision and she seeks out a lot of advice in the beginning. First of which is some personal advice from a friend, which is an awesome nod to her personal life! It’s something we see as a costume for Batman, but with Kate, her being Batwoman is the costume. She attempts to have a personal life. And the beginning of this issue lays a lot out as far as that and it adds a lot of depth to the character for people who might be new to the series.
The other person she talks to is Red Robin who gives her a lot of advice about Batman himself and why he might have chosen Kate to lead the team. It’s a really good discussion not only setting up her leadership but, more importantly getting her to stand out from Batman. She’s more than the female Batman. Her outlook, her background, the way she does things, it’s different and we see some of that in this issue.
The issue also has a big reveal and twist. It’s not just learning who these Batman like people are, but some of what they’re about. It’s a pretty big twist and I didn’t see it coming in time. So, kudos on writer James T Tynion IV for keeping me on my toes.
There’s also a chance this could be a new solid villain. There’s a vibe about them that feels like they’re a more high-tech Court of Owls, and that’s not a bad thing since the Court was the best new Batman addition in a while.
Artist Alvaro Martinez‘s art is really solid and helped by the inks of Raul Fernandez and colors of Brad Anderson. There’s some cool angles and perspectives in some panels and some of the “lighting” is really solid. Some that springs to mind are a few panels that feature Batwoman and Red Robin in front of computer screens.
The comic is a nice build that sets up Batman as fallible, sets Kate/Batwoman apart, and has a hell of a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. It’s exciting! It’s fun! And it’s really cool to me. I’m digging the comic and the fact it’s kept up quality shipping twice a month is impressive. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes, and hopefully, it can continue to keep me on my toes.
Story: James T Tynion IV Art: Alvaro Martinez
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy
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