love the opening sequence: seen from Batman’s perspective from inside the
cockpit of the batmobile, as he and Alfred debate the merits of the Riddler’s
latest crime. Soon, the Caped Crusader goes into battle against an army of
Riddlers, mostly innocent dupes suckered into the Riddler’s diversionary
Derington’s artwork reminded me of Alex Toth, an acknowledged master in the
world of comic books from a generation ago. There are certainly worse artists
from which to draw inspiration. MY only complaint (and Derington is not alone
in this practice) is how often Batman is depicted with facial stubble. Perhaps
Ben Affleck made it acceptable, but Bruce Wayne is a captain of industry and a
That look went out when Miami Vice went off the air.
this is the only story DC Comics offered from its WalMart exclusive 100-page
giant Batman comic. Three additional features include Nightwing, Catwoman,
Killer Croc and Amanda Waller (the last two suggesting a Suicide Squad story). The
others may be reprints, but the Batman lead story is brand new.
installments promise to reintroduce a classic DC character from another era.
I’d already submitted a reinvented version of the character, if only to prevent
DC from actually coming up with something equally ridiculous. We’ll see what DC
has in store next issue.
Harley Quinn is featured yet again. I
swear, that character is rapidly becoming over-exposed in the worst way. Can DC
NOT go a week without featuring Harley somewhere in its line-up?
8/10 (points off for yet another Harley sighting)