By Philip Schweier
Mar 21, 2018 - 4:35
But when Ravager and the Enchantress fall under the spell of the mystic music, things take a turn for the worse – not only for Black Canary and her new-found allies, but also for the reader. What follows is a confusing battle in which Killer Croc suddenly turns human, Ravager and Enchantress adopt the ridiculous smirks indicating they’ve been bewitched. It ends with them flying away on a microphone stand as if it were a broom.
some of this was meant to be hallucinatory, but it’s poorly portrayed in my
opinion. The sequence shares a similar layout with this week’s issue of Batwoman (also by Marguerite Bennett),
in which Batwoman’s memories are shared with the reader. Both sequences are
presented in a common 3 panels x 3 panels layout.
I’m not saying it’s poor storytelling, but for Bennett to offer the same art direction in two stories the same week strikes me as unimaginative on her part. In fairness, I could be wrong and it could be the respective artists of both books coming up with the same solution, but I find that unlikely.