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Review: Batman/Catwoman #2

Batman/Catwoman #2

Batman/Catwoman #2 is an interesting comic in that there’s a good story in there, just not the way it’s presented. The comic takes place in three eras and while that presents an opportunity, its execution in this issue is a muddled, confusing mess.

Written by Tom King, Batman/Catwoman #2 continues his epic run on Batman focusing on the duo’s relationship in the past, present, and future. There’s a lot to take in with the series as it also folds in the popular Phantasm from the beloved Batman animated film, The Mask of the Phantasm. Yes, Andrea Beaumont and her alter-ego is now cannon. The one-time love of Bruce Wayne is looking for her lost child and she’s out for revenge against The Joker who she believes is involved. There’s also a bit about a something Catwoman did with The Joker as far as some theft and in the future, Selina wants her revenge against Joker.

Any of those stories would make for a hell of a comic. But, together, they all come off as pieces and slices of a story that never comes together. It’s like reading a dream post-waking up. You remember bits and pieces but it’s not quite a coherent narrative.

Batman/Catwoman #2 is full of quality moments and that’s part of the frustration. The way the issue is presented is too chopped up so nothing ever feels like it every gets the focus it deserves. There’s also the issue with the art.

Batman/Catwoman #2

Clay Mann‘s art is amazing but there’s little to differentiate the time periods. The future with an older Catwoman and Joker is easy to pick out but the present and past blend together a bit too much. This isn’t like Strange Adventures, also written by King, where there are two artists who clearly delineate the two time periods. Instead, it at times feels like there are multiple time periods on a page with little to differentiate them. I found myself focused more on trying to figure out “when” something was happening as opposed to “what” was happening.

What’s frustrating is that Mann’s art is fantastic. Mann is joined by Tomeu Morey on color and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art is truly great with some stunning pages that’ll leave you lingering. But, for every amazing image, there’s also some that just feel ho-hum.

The ending of Batman/Catwoman #2, which should have massive emotional resonance comes off as expected and lacks shock. What should be a major moment comes off more as sad and muted. And that might have been the intention.

As is, the mixing of time periods on pages and even in page succession, with clear delineation is what trips up the issue. There’s potential for really interesting uses of the three times. Running all three on one page through multiple pages to create a juxtaposition in the times would stand out. But, this just doesn’t click.

Batman/Catwoman #2 isn’t a bad comic but on its own, it doesn’t stand out. What should be major moments fall flat. The art is muddled in some ways though individual panels are beautiful. The comic could be so much more with some minor tweaks and changes. As is, the hype and high profile of the comic works against it. It should be so much better. This is one you might want to wait until its collected to dive into.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: Batman #91

Batman #91

Action has been the name of the game for James Tynion IV‘s run on Batman. Batman #91 is a prime example of that as the various pieces of the game Tynion has created make their moves on the board.

The Designer is on the attack on multiple fronts but the comic itself opens from the Joker’s perspective. The Joker explains why he seemingly killed the Designer the last issue and from his point of view… it’s actually logical. Tynion has done the impossible in making the Joker seem like the sane one out of the bunch.

What Tynion also does is squarely plant the flag as to where his version of Batman’s head is at. There’s an amazing exchange between Batman and Deathstroke that answers so many questions and gives us a vision. We get where this Batman/Bruce is coming from and what he’s going to do about it. It also puts squarely in the center a very glaring issue with the character up to this point. Batman has spent millions on his toys but how much has Bruce spent on fixing Gotham? That’s the theme Tynion is going with and the question he is answering. He’s able to do that with some amazing action sequences.

Those sequences are delivered with a large number of artists. Rafael Albuquerque, Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan, and Danny Miki are all credited. There’s also Tomeu Morey on colors and letterer Clayton Cowles. Even with so many artists involved, the art is consistent and solid. It wasn’t until Albuquerque’s contribution did I even notice a shift in art, and even then it’s a love of his style that had me notice. The comic is fantastic to look at with some amazing sequences where you can almost feel the motion going on.

Batman #91 is the best issue so far of this opening storyline. It delivers so much packed into one issue from interesting discussions to great action. While it’s not the best starting point, it is one hell of a comic.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Rafael Albuquerque, Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Get a First Look at Batman #92

Batman #92

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey
Cover by Yasmin Putri
Variant cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
In Shops: Apr 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Harley Quinn’s No Fool, and Punchline’s No Joke
Their Paths Finally Cross in Batman #92

The greatest heist in history is underway in Gotham City, courtesy of the mysterious crimemaster known as the Designer! Batman knows what he needs to do, but in order to stop the plot, he must first escape the most ingenious death trap the Riddler has ever devised!

Meanwhile, Harley Quinn’s path leads her face to face with Punchline! Batman #92 hits shelves April 1!

Batman #92

DC Releases a Sneak Peek at Batman #86 with Colors by Tomeu Morey

Batman #86

Written by James Tynion IV
Interior and Cover art by Tony Daniel, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020

A plague of assassins descend upon Gotham City…

A whole new chapter in the life of the Dark Knight starts soon as the epic art team of Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki and Tomeu Morey are joined by new series writer James Tynion IV! Check out Tomeu Morey’s colors over Tony Daniel and Danny Miki’s pencils and inks from January 2020’s Batman #86!

It’s a new day for Gotham City—and for Batman. With Bane vanquished and Alfred gone, Batman has to pick up the pieces and step up his game. But he’s not the only one with a new plan for Gotham: Deathstroke has returned, under a mysterious new contract that could change everything. Why are Super-Villains assembling in Gotham City?

Batman #86

DCeased’s Covers Revealed Including the First Issue Retail Variants

DCeased, a six issue miniseries, kicks off in May and DC has revealed covers for the first three issues and retail variants for the first.

A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction.

The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends?

DCeased #1 is written by Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and James Harren. The first issue features a main cover by Greg Capullo, and variants by Francesco Mattina and Yasmine Putri.

Check out the covers below!

DCeased #1

DCeased #1 Retail Variants

DCeased #2

DCeased #3

Preview: Trinity #21

Trinity #21

Story: James Robinson
Art: Patch Zircher, Tyler Kirkham
Color: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterers: Josh Reed, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover: Guillem March, Tomey Morey
Variant Cover: Bill Sienkiewicz
Editor: Katie Kubert, Paul Kaminski
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“MAN DOWN” part two! Deimos and his armies have besieged the Trinity-so why is Steve Trevor helping the enemy?! Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman fight their way through one monstrous magical menace after another as Dark Strike’s stolen Skartaran weaponry is unleashed!

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