Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Some thoughts about Batman #28
The people around Batman are starting to get harmed by the fight between the Joker and the Riddler and he has no other choice but try to keep the city together.
The issues with this story are starting to get evident.
Let's start with the positives though. The presentation that Tom King brings to the table is creative in and of itself due to how the characters are integrated into the story. Both the Joker and the Riddler show interesting ways of executing their ideas while other villains who make quick appearances here demonstrate compelling enough scenes.
On the other hand, the fact that this story is being told in flashbacks as part of the overall theme is hurting the way how is executed. For one, everything comes from Batman's perspective and narration and if you know something about King's narration is that is hardly natural which affects the read in many instances. Not to mention that this being a clear example of "tell, don't show" makes the execution of the action scenes and big moments fell flat with not enough weight to make them actually remarkable. Plus, and this is a nitpick from me but, I wish that Deathstroke wasn't presented as good as a gunner as Deadshot since Slade already has enough abilities over Floyd.
Mikel Janin's artwork is fantastic though, a great sense of style and storytelling that makes the script bigger than it actually is and in some cases, even salvages it.
That being said, I'm not sure what to expect at this point and considering King's track record, I better not expect much from the conclusion.