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SPOILERS: Detective Comics #945

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SPOILERS: Batgirl #5

I could make a joke about memory and my feelings towards this arc, but that would be rude.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #26


Teenagers in Gotham, exploring a dark bat cave where kids would hang out, drink and be up to no good... What could go wrong? Oh yeah, Francine Langstrom and her swarm of crazy man-eating bats. THEY DEAD! And not long after James Gordon tells Batman about more missing people, Bruce is soon on the trail of Kirk Langstrom.

Bruce finds Kirk flying through Gotham, and uses some sonics to bring him down. While Bruce catches Kirk with the aid of a jetpack, Kirk eventually wakes up, biting him, and bringing them crashing down into a nearby apartment, where Bruce tries to reach Kirk deep down inside of Man-Bat, while using some sonics and frequencies to calm the beast.

Bruce's plan eventually works, and Kirk reverts back to his human form. Kirk is weak, but manages to tell Bruce about his "wife" and the fact that they don't need the serum anymore to transform. Kirk brings back Batman to his old lab, and they come up with a plan to try and inject Francine with a serum that would counteract the DNA alterations which were allowing her to control a flock of bats she infected with her blood. Bruce is skeptical of the plan, but goes along with it anyways.

Outside Francine's cave, Bruce injects Kirk with a mild sedative to keep him calm, because Bruce needs him in his human state. They venture into the cave, using sonics to keep Francine's bats away from them, but there are too many, and they begin to swarm Kirk, who drops the serum, believing the plan is doomed.

Well, this isn't news to Bruce, who knew the plan was crappy to begin with, aware that a simple syringe wouldn't be able to pierce Francine's thick hide, but Man-Bat's teeth could. Turns out Bruce never dosed Kirk with a sedative, but the serum instead, knowing that Kirk would transform and end up breaking Francine's skin at some point. Once he does, Bruce knocks out Kirk before he can kill Francine, and delivers them both to Arkham, where Kirk gives himself up willingly, Francine, not so much.

The next morning, Alfred asks how Bruce's night was, to which he says it was uneventful... But Bruce's new partner, Catwoman who is actually Catbird is pretty pissed she wasn't invited OH MY GOD GOTHTOPIA!

ONE FINE DAY WITH A TWEET AND A PURR
A BABY WAS BORN AND IT CAUSED A LITTLE STIR
NO BLUE BUZZARD, NO THREE-EYED DOG
JUST A FELINE AVIAN LITTLE CATBIRD

CATBIRD! CATBIRD! ALONE IN THE WORLD IS A LITTLE CATBIRD!

END.

The Good:

This was a nice little wrap up for the Man-Bat story that's been spread through the #900 issue, back-ups and spilling into the main feature every now and then. Nothing amazing, but enjoyable. Aaron Lopresti filled in this issue, and I've always found his art to be enjoyable, and it was just that here as well. 

The Bad:

While I like Lopresti's art, I don't think it tonally fit what Fabok and Andy Clarke had established prior. I don't know if this was a scheduled off issue for Fabok, or if Eternal has taken up his time (as it will for the final two issues of Layman's run, which Lopresti is also drawing) but I feel like it would have been best for him to draw this issue, and Lopresti do the Gothtopia story in full, rather than jumping back and forth between the two from here on out.

As for the story itself, based on Layman's previous issues, this didn't feel as if it had as much "meat" so to speak. It was pure wrap up, and since this story has been spread through out the run in various ways, or interrupted by stuff like Zero Year, jumping in here with a conclusion just felt sort of off.

The Bottom Line:

I enjoyed Layman's Man-Bat/She-Bat story, I did, but unfortunately, the full story's general inconsistent release didn't allow this issue to feel as cohesive as it should have been. With Man-Bat jumping from the big anniversary issue, to the back ups, then put on pause by stuff like Zero Year, coming into this issue, you feel like there should be more, but instead it's a conclusion, that's it, the end. Ultimately, the segmentation that lead up to this issue didn't do it any good, so it's hard to fault Layman or Lopresti who produced a perfectly competent issue that should be perfectly satisfying to anyone who doesn't mind who the Man-Bat story was released.

RATING: 3/5

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