By Hervé St-Louis
September 12, 2017 - 20:18
Writer(s): Tom King
Penciller(s): Clay Mann
Inker(s): Seth Mann
Colourist(s): Jordie Bellaire
Letterer(s): Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist(s): Mikel Janín; Tim Sale, Brennan Wagner
Kite Man is the last man standing in the Joker’s side of the war of riddles and jokes in Gotham City. Every other operative of the Joker has been captured by Batman and the joke appears to be on Kite Man. Will Kite Man even survive the war or will the Riddler get to him first?
Kite Man is a great character as he is literally Charles Schulz’s Charley Brown as a villain. A lame villain. The poor man cannot get a break and is a joke for everybody. Everyone tosses and punches him, even his boss, the Joker. Yet he gets up again and again, hoping for a better day. This comic is about the humiliation of one man. It explores the mind and motivation of the B villain that never made sense when read in the past. Here, Kite Man becomes a tragic character and there is value in being a loser like him.
This comic is important in the sense that it forges new grounds with Batman and his mythos in ways unexplored by previous writers. I have noted a few flaws along the way but I assure you, this is one of the best Batman story ever written.
Clay Mann does not try to replicate Mikel Janín and that makes this comic stronger. His work is less clear and more figurative. But it is the right set of lines for this comic.
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