Villains run amok, Alfred has more hard luck, Julia is chucked, and the city is proper f--- you get the picture, many little pictures in sequential order in this week's forty-seventh issue of its weekly Batman ruckus. And while I'm still clutching the pages screaming into them, "JUST SHOW LINCOLN MARCH ALREADY, WE KNOW HE'S BEHIND THIS!", this issue does seem to at least waste my time entertainingly, with the Bat crew taking on the well-stocked baddies while Batman makes his way back to the city (though if I were him, I'd call a few members of the Justice League for extra help).
I like the interaction between Julia and Selina in the beginning of the issue. Both have a very similar style, having to be stealthy, strike quick, and lurk carefully in their respective lines of work. Or, at least, Selina used to have to do that, since she spends a lot of time behind a desk making important crime boss decisions now and Julia is sitting in the Penny Chair (TM) researching and linking Batman to various sources. So this is the first time in a while they've had a bit of fun/exercise, and neither of them are taking it especially seriously, just having a bit of an short exchange before business. It's interesting how these two characters find themselves in very different situations than they did before after discovering or reclaiming a piece of their past, from their fathers. I guess we were probably always intended to see that parallel, but I hadn't seen it until just now.
"Joker's Daughter will be last. Also, what are you, The Question's understudy, Batquestion?"
With Scarecrow with his drones, Clayface with his bizarre filming, Mr. Freeze spending some time with the family (not his, mind you), Joker's Daughter inserting herself into classic Batman stories, and Bane being Termaluchador (remember when this guy had ambitions?), it sure looks like Batman's rogue's gallery is having the time of their lives. Even Hush has gotten in the act by breaking out of his goldfish tank with the help of a mysterious benefactor and shooting Julia out of the Batcave in a tube while he has play time with Alfred. And while Batwing, Red Robin, Bluebird, Batgirl, and Red Hood are taking on some of those threats, Hush has free reign in Batman's base of operations.
Don't worry about BYOB. He's got plenty of cool ones.
What I've noticed though is that, in the long run, none of these villains are doing all that much damage to the city on their own. What happened to all that equipment they were given from Batman's caches? We see the city is in flames, but from what? Is that still damage from before? Because other than Scarecrow, none of them are even planning to do wide scale harm. What are all those flames from, did Firefly get free? And from so many panels of the city before then, the city seems to be mostly just fine. Can we get some art consistency here?
Still more hospitable than Detroit.
Also, come on, it's clearly Lincoln March.
Next Issue: King Penguin
- Penguin Truth
Story: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Script: Tim Seeley
Consulting Writers: Ray Fawkes & Kyle Higgins
Art & Color: Juan Ferreyra
Lettering: Steve Wands
Cover By: Jae Lee & June Chung
Editor: Chris Conroy
Asst. Editor: Dave Wielgosz
Group Editor: Mark Doyle
Batman Created By Bob K--AHAHAHAHA, NO. Batman Created By Bill Finger
This is how Batman jettisons all the bat poop that builds up in the cave.