The Big Burn: First Strike
Woah, when I read this I was not expecting to have the origin of Two-Face thrown in there. But it sure as heck was a good twist. All right, so it looks like the writers are setting it up for Carrie to be the new Robin. That is how it is looking anyway. You have this villain who has her same red hair and who is connected to Two-Face, in a way that Carrie Kelley is also connected. But that’s all for another day.
Eris McKillen has vendetta against Harvey Dent, and the feeling is mutual. Here is part 1 of 5 of that origin story. It’s been a while since Two-Face has a an epic story arc in the Batman Universe, but since the Universe has been rebooted it’s like the slate for all the villains has been wiped clean…well in a way it is, so now everything can be done and started in a new way. Granted I have my own suspicions on where they are going with this story, but my own suspicions and hope do not hinder my ability to read and judge this issue fairly. Now I liked it and I hate this McKillen chick. She is as vile as they come but she’s got spunk. I wonder what is going to happen next and if Carrie will be the next Robin? Four issues to go.
WRITER: P. J. TOMASI
PENCILLER: P. GLEASON
INKER: M. GRAY
Nightwing has finally come face to face with the man who killed his parents, Tony Zucco. Not only that, they are working together to bring down the Prankster who is setting Chicago ablaze turn the people against the Mayor of Chicago, the man who killed his parents. That was intense. This was an awesome comic, an awesome issue to close the door on two stories and a nice way to reopen another one.
As far as this issue was written, I have to say that it was written very well. The dialogue and the story were amazing and the fact that he had to work with the man who killed his parents, a man who saved his life in this issue then went to prison to serve the time he deserves. He’s come a long way from the man who murdered the flying graysons. The conclusion also opened the door for another story arc to be explored in further issues; will he stay in Chicago and become the hunted? Also I’m curious as to how Forever Evil is going to affect this series.
WRITER: K. HIGGINS
ARTIST: W. CONRAD
The one and only Ra’s Al Ghul has returned. Also Cheshire is adorable, mean she is the comic relief of the League of Assassins, the league of Assassins should not have a comic relief but they do and it’s her and she is adorable. And it’s obvious that she has a good heart…you know, underneath all that tough girl spunkiness. I mean really, she’s funny, charming and beautiful and insightful. She’s a wonderful character and right now, one the best parts of this series right now. Don’t get me wrong, the story arc with Jason Todd losing his memories and joining the League of Assassins and Roy Harper coming to save the day is awesome. Especially Roy Harper, he’s hilarious and awesome and I kind of love him. The series may be called Red Hood and the Outlaws, but right now, without Roy Harper there would be no team. The writers have established him as the glue of the team.
But that’s all besides the point. Not as fun issue as the previous ones but it was an action packed one as the League of Assassins face off against the Untitled and Ra’s Al Ghul is reborn. That scene was awesome. The artwork looked a little odd, but it might have been due to the fact that the artists but too much on his character. My personal opinion.
WRITER: J. TYNION IV
PENCILLER: J. GOPEZ
INKER: W. WONG