Batwing #1

Sep. 7th, 2011 05:37 pm
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4 pages from Batwing #1. Warning: the last page gets pretty gory.

The first few pages take place in the present day, with Batwing fighting a criminal calling himself Massacre. (yeah...)



After this a crowded bus drives near and Massacre stops fighting Batwing to kill everyone on board, presumably. Then there's an even more intense fight! a flashback to six weeks ago. Batwing, with some assistance/monitoring from Batman, was planning to bust a massive drug ring operation, but instead they find the drug dealers have been murdered.

Batwing investigates further as David Zavimbe, an officer in the Tinasha police department.



Batwing uses his bat-computer (^_^) to discover the identity of the dead man:



Justice League: Africa? :D

Afterward, David goes back to the police department, only to find that everyone has been killed.



The issue ends with Massacre attacking David, which would be more shocking if a)this wasn't a brand-new book and b) a flashback.

I enjoyed this for the most part. The artwork is gorgeous and really helps to make the...um...well used plotline feel creepy and surprising at just the right times. (I admit that the reveal of the drug dealer massacre actually made me gasp, something the excessive gore in the other Bat book failed to do.) There are some cringe-worthy bits of dialog, like the part where David is all "Tishana is one of the most crime-ridden cities in Africa!" to Kia -.- but at least that's the worst of it. Oh, and Batman's presence is completely unnecessary and I think it would have read better if he'd just been mentioned in passing, instead of hanging out with Batwing for like, two panels doing nothing, but whatever. I just hope Batman doesn't make any more useless cameos because they really stuck out and made Batwing look more like an apprentice/sidekick than a capable hero.

It's a lot better than this week's Detective Comics, at least.

Date: 2011-09-08 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] runespoor
To buy or not to buy.

Technically we've kind of been promised that Cass still exists, so I wouldn't be breaking my self-imposed oath if I buy some title. Otoh, I really really want their DCnU to crash and burn, and I don't want to invest in characters they're likely to erase at any time due to more Awesome Ideas of events or disappointing sales.

Date: 2011-09-08 10:49 am (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
My philosphy is just to enjoy the ride. That's what stories are all about.

Date: 2011-09-08 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] runespoor
But that's the thing: I can't enjoy it if I feel like my beloved characters are being disrespected. Most of the time, I'm in a story because of the characters.

Date: 2011-09-08 11:16 am (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
Are they being disrespected in the story itself or just the universe? If it's the former, it's probably not a good story. If it's the latter why should you let things that are going on in other stories affect your enjoyment of the one you're reading/watching/playing?

Date: 2011-09-08 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] runespoor
I don't see much of a difference.

Besides, it's not as much an issue of "should" as it is an issue of "this is the way my feelings as a reader work".

Date: 2011-09-08 12:08 pm (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
Just sharing my take om things and trying to be helpful.

Date: 2011-09-08 11:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] benicio127
I know how you feel. But I had to support this title and I'm so glad I did. It really was good, honestly, I wouldn't lie to you! :)

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