By Koppy McFad
June 3, 2008 - 04:44
Batman lets his new lady-love, Jezebel Jet into the Bat-cave, revealing all his secrets to her-- just as the evil Black Glove launches a crippling attack.
There is a lot in this story which is just plain mystifying... and not in a good way. Batman's extreme trust in Jezebel Jet looks out of place considering how paranoid the character is. The villains have a secret connection to Bruce Wayne which gives them access to his deepest secrets. But even then, Batman still makes things too easy for them, dropping his guard and leaving his cave unprotected. The members of the Black Glove also don't look very formidable. They come off as a dark version of Cirque de Soleil. A little bizarre, even a little unnerving but hardly the type of gang that could take down the Batman. For all their weird costumes, you get the feeling that a guy with a revolver could take out half the Black Glove in minutes.
Morrison does whet our appetite to find out what is happening next. But only because we have the prospect of the death of Batman (or a major supporting character) hanging over our heads.
The art also looks surprisingly thin, lacking the dark mood and shadows that would make a story like this more frightening. Perhaps Tony Daniel needs a heavier inker. Or darker pencils.
Having Batman fight what looks like a 19th century circus troupe doesn't really grip the reader the way DC Comics wishes it would. In fact, it looks like a typical three-part Batman story that Doug Moench would do a few years ago. Hopefully, the creative team can build up from this to a more satisfying resolution.
Rating: 5 /10