Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #975

Kate Kane goes on trial! ...but we've seen all the solicits and covers, we know how this issue ends.

The Spoilers:

Kate's always been the type to get shit done, and despite that, certain aspects of her past and recent actions haunt her at night. Right now, the look on Cassandra's face is what's keeping her up at night, as she explains to Luke later in the issue, she had the eyes of someone who had just broke... and they reminded Kate of herself when her mother and sister were murdered.

Elsewhere in Gotham, Bruce assembles his closets allies in the cave, Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood, Red Robin and Robin, to discuss the recent events... Each get their say.... well at least Damian, he... well it just didn't seem like James Tynion had anything for him to say, so when it's his turn he just makes some shitty snarky comment and doesn't contribute much to the issue at all... Anyways. Tim explains his thought process behind the Knights program and how it worked, Dick says he always tries to find the best in people and sees a road to redemption for Kate, Jason tells Bruce this whole thing is really about Kate bruising his ego, then Babs just lays down the fucking hammer.

Stating she had planned to bring this up before the Clayface debacle, Babs questions Bruce about his entire motive, stating she believes he went through with Tim's plan not because he believed in Tim's utopia, but because he saw it as a way to keep Kate, the only living link he has to his mother, away from the Colony's influence, and now the entire thing backfired. Tim protests saying the program worked, but Babs shuts him down too, bringing up Cassandra. Babs puts it plainly, she's a tortured killer who named herself after her awful father, can barely speak, lives alone in an attic with no supervision and her only friend was a super villain, and now she's all sorts of messed up, how much good did the program do for her? She finishes up again stating that this whole gathering is about Bruce, and the only person can put Kate on trial is herself, and they're all going to live with the consequences of what she decides.

And what is that? Join the Colony with her father.

The Opinion:

This is what I always wanted this book to be, a full Bat family book, with EVERYONE. The fringe characters was cool, but I always wanted to see Dick, Jason, Damian and Babs... especially Babs given how isolated she is in her own weird somewhat Harley Quinn-esque continuity. Seeing everyone gathered around the table was pretty cool. I liked how with stuff like Jason's reasoning, you can see where he'd side with Kate in that possible future issue we got awhile back... wait, that was a Batwoman issue, wasn't it? I think it was... ANYWAYS. We also got some hints of pre-New 52 continuity with Babs and how she was speaking about Cass. I don't know anything, but in the next couple years, I wouldn't be surprised to see Cass fall under Babs' care and maaaaaaybe she goes to being Oracle and Cass to Batgirl? I'm making a stretch, clearly, but the possibility is there. The only thing I didn't like about this issue was Damian. Shocker. Him just going "I don't think any of you should wear the bat duh-doy" is just a cop-out. Like if you want him to have something snarky to say then follow up with the well spoken point, sure... but to rely on the old fallback of "Damian hates everyone" is out of date and lazy in my book. 


  1. On the surface, Barbara has a good point. Except, you know, Kate Kane decided on her own to become a Bat-person. She took on the symbol, and the symbol has a meaning. If you wear the symbol, you don't kill.

    Babs was too busy criticizing the Belfry project, almost like she was angry for being left out. She doesn't pull her weight in the Batfamily as it is (though that's because writers almost never use her outside of her own book and Birds of Prey), she has no position to judge Batman. Either the symbol means something or it doesn't, and Kate violated it.

    The only thing worth arguing with Bruce about was the fact that they're holding a trial without the person on trial in attendance to defend themselves.

    1. The small problem with this is that Kate thinks of the Bat she wears as hers, and has explicitly stated such, therefore as far as she's concerned she gets to decide what *her* Bat means.
      She doesn't begrudge Bruce for having rules... but they're *his* rules, not necessarily hers.

    2. I don't care what she thinks, it's the Bat symbol, she can't just use it. If she wants to use the motif, she has to follow the rules. She should find another theme if she can't.

    3. Well... she would disagree. :)

    4. Well, now I'm arguing with a fictional character!

      I just don't like it when the other Bat-people try to guilt Bruce. I get that he's imperfect, but he started all this stuff, he should have the benefit of a doubt when it comes to intentions, at least. Babs was disrespecting his authority.

  2. I think this was a real breath of air after Fall of the Batmen, because it felt more nuasnced and less depressing when addressing issues.
    Speaking of which, this issue finally solved something this series has struggled with; talking about problems. There’s been times when Steph never gave an apaology for her actions or Barman’s ulterior motives weren’t fleshed out, so it works here.
    I do think Babs has some decent points, but I’m still irritated by the fact that nobody except Nightwing and Batman seem to believe that Clayface really was changed, and that it was outside influence that killed him.
    Going forward, I’m...interested in where this all goes, particularly if the Ra’s Al ghul stuff is figured out or not. Still wondering if the shock that cass and steph find in #980 might be a resurrection...