Saturday, July 9, 2016

Batman #2

   The comic may be titled Batman, but it's thematically closer to the old World's Finest series.

   It's become a team-up story, as Batman works with new heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl, both of whom seem to have the same powers as Superman.

   So the Dark Knight is at the low end of the power scale - but he's more experienced, so he agrees to work with the new duo to bring them up to speed.

   They get a great challenge right off the bat, as Solomon Grundy runs on a rampage - and he promises to be just the start of a big problem, as the last page teases the return of a classic villain.

   Writer Tom King's story is solid, with an interesting focus on Commissioner Gordon - but it's taking its time getting going.

   The art by David Finch, Matt Banning and Danny Miki is powerful, with strong character designs and layouts.

   It's a promising start to the series, but both Bat-series (this and Detective Comics) have apparently become team books - shouldn't one be dedicated to Batman's solo adventures?

Grade: B+


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