Castle of Cards
Wow. I know, I often start comic reviews off like that, but this issue was good and the ending caught me off guard. That ending was not something I saw coming. I cannot lose Batman again. After Batman R.I.P I can’t go through that again. But what happened here was just wonderfully done. I love how all the bad guys joined together in this farce, the fact that they each agreed to play a part for the Joker was just astonishingly well done. I loved it. The story was just creepy and disturbing and so good. The writing was just so well done and the plot was great. There is one comment that I must make though, it was a very masculine comic, in regards to the villains. It was missing a certain Poison Ivy. But granted that her character has changed since the reboot and the fact that she hates Joker, it was understandable. And after how Joker treated Catwoman, I did not expect him to go back to her. That’s all. Still, I loved it, I love Batman and all stories that involve Mr. J. It’s great!
WRITER: S. SNYDER
PENCILLER: G. CAPULLO
INKER: J. GLAPION
P. J. Tomasi is by far one of the best Batman writers around, next to P. Dini of course. I mean the way that he wrote this story and the way he used alliteration and rhyming, it was just so well done. My favorite line in this issue was when Joker said “who would have thought Bats would be scarier when he laughs”. That was a great line and I loved it because it reminded me of Batman Beyond; Return of the Joker, that scene when Batman is laughing, sends chills down my spine. Batman does not smile, and he most definitely does not laugh. Great moment to rekindle that memory.
Now, even though I loved the writing and as much as I am loving the story, I had some issues with the artwork in this issue. For the most part it was good, especially the shading and the design of the joker. I mean with that, it was just down right creepy. Not sure I liked the way he was given pitch black eyes though, a little too dramatic. Greatest page thought was the page when Damien punched Batman, the lighting, the shading and the vibrancy in the inking was beautiful and amazing. Absolutely loved it.
WRITER: P. J. TOMASI
PENCILLER: P. GLEASON
INKERS: K. CHAMPAGNE & M. GRAY
Collision Part 3: Ceremony
I can’t believe Batgirl was actually going to marry the Joker. Granted I knew she was doing it to save her mother, but other than that, I mean it was just so outlandish and wow. I love the story here, and I love the way the story went to the past then to the present. The rage in Batgirl was structured so well, her internal dialogue highlighted her rage and it jumped off the pages. Then there was her brother, his part to play in this entire thing was so unexpected. I did not think he was going to betray his sister but what tension that simple moment created. It was awesome.
Now, back to the rage of Batgirl, the artwork surrounding her fighting the Joker was amazing. It was great. The lighting, the shading and the vibrancy of the colors on the page were great. I absolutely loved it. Also, that better not be Alfred’s head on that platter or I will be incredibly upset. Just saying.
WRITER: G. SIMOE
PENCILLER: E. BENES & D. SAMPERE
INKERS: V. CIFUENTES & D. SAMPERE
Batman had a fur lined cape…warmth or just a fashion statement? Sorry, it was just funny to see him in a fur lines cape; I thought his suit had all the capabilities to keep him warm. But I guess not.
But more to that, I am starting to hate Supergirl. I began out liking her, pitying her, but now I just hate her. Yes, I understand that it may be hard to acknowledge that everything she ever knew is gone, her friends, her family, but her utter disdain for Earth and her lack of ability to try and cope, lack of understanding in her own cousin is sickening. She is naïve, she is stupid and she has no understanding of the repercussions of her actions, in fact she makes to attempt in trying to understand.
That being said, I have to say that I loved the writing and Superboy, his internal dialogue as well as his dialogue was just well done and built up his character very much so. He’s funny and has his own personal struggles. He’s adorable simply adorable.
WRITER: T. DeFALCO
PENCILLERS: I. COELLI & A. PINNA
INKERS: R. LEON & A. PINNA