Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SPOILERS: Batman #28

No more Kite Man! Well... a little Kite-Man. Back to the longest and probably most ill-advised pillow talk ever!

The Spoilers:

So, Bruce is still going on about the most horrible period in his life to Selina, because he's romantic, and we get even more details about what happened go figure.

With "give us Batman" the only way either Joker or Riddler will end the war, Gordon and Batman are somewhat at a loss as to what to do. Best thing they can figure is just contain it. All the villains have taken sides, except for Catwoman, who remains neutral and she and Batman still bang back then, so that's that.

The main event of the issue is Deadshot and Deathstroke each ordered to go out and kill Batman as he wasn't handed over to either side. Naturally, they clash, and bodies in the crossfire fall. After a lot of people die, their paths eventually cross with Batman who decides to put an end to it... a little too well.

Deadshot gets fucked up. Broken jaws, fractured skulls, blood clots in the brain. Batman goes overboard, and the point is he probably regrets it.

The Opinion: 

So I'm torn on this arc. It's a cool concept, but I find the narrative structure lacking. The flashback narration just doesn't leave any room for excitement. This arc has a huge cast of characters, which was one of the selling points I grabbed onto when this was announced, but instead of seeing these characters do things and interact, it's just a lot of them standing around in a room, having teamed up with their chosen side for no reason given, Bruce narrates some stuff. Sure, you get the square off like we have between Deathstroke and Deadshot, but since it's narrated in past tense, it's just kind of dull because you don't get the action in the here and now, no interactions between the two, no banter, no nothing, just Bruce saying what happened. Then each issue just doesn't flow well into the next. Stuff happens, and the last page is just Bruce and Gordon on a roof, while Bruce continues to narrate. Nothing to tease, nothing to hook you on for the next issue.

It's just generally very frustrating... I like it, but the arc just leaves me wanting more from it. I have a feeling it's one of those stories that would read a lot better once completed in one sitting, rather than in a single issue format. That said, the art is still fantastic, and Mikel Janin drawing Jim Balent era Catwoman, minus the boobs larger than her head? Fan-fucking-tastic. 


  1. It's so cool seeing these characters depicted by Janin but I feel there's a little too much decompression in the script. I still find some of the dialog jarring but I do think this whole run will read better in trade. It's just that Morrison was so good at building momentum at the end of each issue and even Snyder knew how to pull off an intriguing cliffhanger. I don't get the same excitement at the end of King's issues.

  2. I find it hard to believe Batman could take down both Deathstroke and Deadshot at the same time. Though they had been fighting for days.