Don't worry, it's not a spoiler if I just say Lincoln March over and over again, because this book just doesn't want to get there. So I'm just gonna--Lincoln March, Lincoln March, Lincoln March!
The Spoilers:Ivy’s doing stuff, planning to leave Gotham, I guess? Cool? Also, Selina is all “Hey Dad I don’t like, you pulling some shit? No? Okay, figure out who’s pulling some shit on me?” in reference to trying to find out the identity of whose working behind the scenes, I guess. Meanwhile, Hush is bothering Julia in the Batcave.
Bulk of the story is Batman going after Ra’s, who he believes to be the big bud guy, but totally isn’t, because that’s how this book rolls. Nevertheless, Ra’s indulges the Detective and has Dr. Darrk dose him with some hallucinogenic gas, having him go on about legacy or some shit. Then when Batman sees through that, Lord Death Man shows up! And because this issue is written by Tim Seeley, that’s awesome, because his LDM is insane. But Batman eventually beats LDM, then comes to find that Ra’s isn’t well, still recovering from when we last saw him in Robin Rises (WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION, WHERE IS DAMIAN IN THIS BOOK?) and once again, Batman is wrong. Ra’s is all “When I want to kill you, you’ll be at your best, now go figure it out, jerk.”
Then the issue ends on Rex Calabrese looking at the shipping manifestos he asked for in order to figure that stuff out for Selina and it’s just stuff for the psychos in the city getting random shit they want… I don’t get what the big deal is that Mr. Freeze got a freezer. Sure, whatever.
Look man, Ra’s al Ghul practically just says Lincoln March in this issue, hell, it’s in the preview, but we’re still dicking around, and in 46 issues, Bruce has made literally no progress in finding out who is behind it. Then the issue ends on another completely dull note. That shit is still super frustrating, but I feel like I’ve talked about how much this book has been pissing me off every week. So let’s talk about what I like...
BOY, TIM SEELEY SURE DOES NEED TO USE LORD DEATH MAN IN EVERYTHING. Seriously, the way he writes that guy’s insanity is just damn funny, and it needs to keep happening.
I liked the art this issue, even if it was a bit of a patchwork job. Alessandro Vitti, who was supposed to be the main artist on this issue, did good work, especially with his LDM pages, and Christian Duce’s pages fit stylistically pretty well. Romulo Fajardo’s colors definitely did a good job of meshing those two artists together, so that’s worth mentioning too. The third artist on the book, his two pages didn’t fit that well, if I’m being honest, and the use of a different colorist there didn’t help either.
Ultimately, what I did like about this issue in a broader sense was the fact that it was reminiscent of earlier issues in the series, where it would jump around between different characters in different settings. Since the Hush reveal, the book has just been 90% Batman going “I don’t know what’s going on!?” with maybe a couple pages of other characters here and there. Earlier, that wasn’t the case…. Depending on the writer, we’d get a greater deal of Tim and Harper, or Catwoman played a big role in an issue, or whatever… My point is, there was a lot more variation in content and characters from issue to issue than there has been, and this particular issue gets back to that concept, which is way more entertaining than what we’ve gotten.
So there’s still a lot of stuff that bugs me, but hey… at least there were some things I liked this week.