Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SPOILERS: Batman #27

Leave it to the guy who wrote the Vision, and made it one of the best books in recent history, to make Kite Man an interesting character. Kite Man.

The Spoilers:

We're right in the shit of the War of Jokes and Riddles. Charles Brown, an aerodynamics specialist who has freelanced for Gotham's worst before, gets confronted by Batman who needs to find his former employer, Joker.

Being sort of a spineless weakling, Brown does his best, leveraging his former contacts and trying to find the Joker, while being pressured by Batman, while the war on the streets escalates. Unfortunately, Riddler is no idle party in these matters, and catches wind of Brown's actions, so now Riddler is trying to leverage Brown as well.

When all is said and done, Brown's son, who he doesn't have custody of, is eventually killed by the Riddler for betrayal, which he predicted would happen prior to Brown ever doing anything for or against him. 

Having lost the only thing good in his life, Brown comes up with a plan to insert himself into Joker's side, mocking up a suit in honor of his favorite activity with his son, kite flying.

So here we are, a man dressed up like a kite, on Joker's doorstep.


The Opinion: 

I want Tom King to have yearly projects where he takes obscure characters and writes good stories around them, because here we are with what is essentially a Kite Man book, barely any Batman in it, and it's really good and humanizing. Fucking, what? The only bad thing about this is that the cover is just some generic cover for the arc, could have had Kite Man front and center in 2017 on an issue of Batman, but nope.

Clay Mann and company's art gets the job done and more. If Clay Mann wants to jump in on this book between Janin and Finch, and is given the time to do full arcs, then count me in. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was Eltaeb's coloring... I don't know what it is, but his style just doesn't do it for me. Everything looks like it has a sheen of plastic over it at times. Just doesn't get the job done for me.

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