By: Cynthia A.
Batman and Two-Face #25
The Big Burn: Sparks
DC psyched me out once again! I thought this was going to be a lead in, a foreshadowing issue that would eventually pave the way for Carrie Kelley to become the next Robin. She did tutor Damien Wayne after all and would wear the uniform with honor. But this seems to have changed. I think DC is screwing with me.
But that’s beside the point! Over all, this was a decently written story that goes back and forth between the past and the present to tell the story between Erin McKellen and Harvey Dent, whose wife she killed and whose face she destroyed. It was her, all her. She is a cold woman, who sought revenge after she lost her twin sister. The question is how? Did she die or just turn her back on Erin? That has yet to be established, but it’s not important, she lost her sister and sought revenge, but in doing so, unleashed a beast. She got more than she bargained for. But now, Bruce has taken her under his protection, Bruce, not Batman. But it’s hinted that she just may know that he is Batman, seeing the lost sad boy he always will be. That’s Bruce for you.
All of that combined, makes this a rich and suspenseful story. You don’t know what is going to happen next, and that’s what keeps you hooked. Shading and art detail is expressive, heightening the suspense. Erin is not a likable character, but you want to see what is going to happen to her. Is Two-Face going to kill her, or will the coin say no?
WRITER: P. J. TOMASI
PENCILLER: P. GLEASON
INKER: M. GRAY
Damien: Son of Batman #2 (of 4)
Book Two: Hierarchy
Well that was certainly intense. So, as it turns out, Dick Grayson was the Batman who was killed. He took up the mantle, after I’m assuming Bruce Wayne gave it up, becoming too old to carry on crime fighting. That doesn’t stop him from taking on his son who he confronted at the end of last issue. And the only way the only way that he can win, the only way that he can survive is my accidently stabbing his father near his heart.
Alfred didn’t like that, not one bit and gives him a piece of his mind with a simple phrase. It was so impactful, so devastating. But Damien needed the kick is his tushie to sort out his feelings, to take on the cowl and finally become the man his father always wanted him to be. Certainly took him long enough.
That was a great plot twist, certainly unexpected and worth a read. The story is well written, it’s edgy and the costume design within the art is unique, it stands out. I miss Damien in the current time line.
WRITER: A. KUBERT
ARTIST: A. KUBERT