By Philip Schweier
August 22, 2017 - 14:03
But what hold does the Order have over Jean-Paul Valley? Is it tied to Zatanna’s guardianship of ancient mystical relics? And can she save him from their corrupting influence?
On the one hand, I appreciate Batman’s ties to the greater DCU, in the form his long-standing friendship with Zatanna. But Batwing, Batwoman, Azrael, and assorted other Bat-vigilante’s is beginning to almost sound like a cult. If I were Bruce Wayne, I’d be resentful as hell – like a musician hearing his compositions attributed to someone else, or an artist who sees his work co-opted by another less-talented artist. Whatever happened to the good old days, when he worked alone out of a cave beneath stately Wayne Manor?
I’m enjoying the story, but I’d enjoy it more if it were weighed down by needless baggage. But I suppose that’s what titles such as Batman, or All-Star Batman are for. I am reminded this is the 25th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series. Perhaps I should dig out my DVDs and enjoy a few episodes.