Thursday, February 16, 2012

Comic Book Reviews: Batman #6, Nightwing #6, and Red Hood & The Outlaws #6

This has been an excellent week for me so far.

I haven't been at work past 2 a.m. any day this week and don't plan to. I am completing my radio training, which means I'll be on the air at KUNV HD-2 Las Vegas before the month ends.

And the three titles that I follow on the third Wednesday of the month each hit absolute home runs with their issues this week.

Batman #6

I almost feel like I shouldn't waste anyone's time and just say, BUY THIS!!! But you all come for the reviewing, so let's talk about Batman's showdown with Talon.

Where last issue was drawn at various angles so as to disorient the reader like Batman was, this one captured the emotion of the fight by showing the impact of every blow in full detail.

Readers are still in Bruce's head in this one, as when he finally snaps and comes back at Talon, he takes on a quasi-beast form in the book.

I absolutely loved the way Bruce's emotion is shown in this book. If the cover on the right doesn't make you want to pick this book up, I don't know what will.

The art carries over inside the book, as the left eye of the Bat cowl is torn off and Bruce's eye is visibly reddening and appearing more and more panicked. It becomes clear just how important not seeing the eyes is to the mythos of Batman through this because seeing his eye really humanizes him here.

The ending of this book legitimately will be unsettling in multiple ways, but I won't spoil it here. Needless to say, the "Night of the Owls" crossover in three issues is going to be an epic one.

Nightwing #6

This book is getting close to ending its first arc, and I for one can't wait for the conclusion (and subsequent transition to the crossover).

Dick Grayson has been traveling with the circus trying to find this killer named Saiko. What was revealed in the issue before was that Saiko is his circus-mate Raymond, and he is being helped by Raya, another friend (with benefits) of Grayson's from the circus who is also returning for the first time in a long time.

The story in this book revolves around the creation of a Flying Graysons tribute show, where Saiko plans to confront Grayson.

Sadly, this book does not bring anything to a conclusion, but it's clear that it will be happening at the end of the next issue. (This is supported by the fact that a Night of the Owls set-up story is going to be Issue #8.)

Since the last issue was basically filler, this is the issue to start picking up this title. Besides the fact that the art is spectacular (two artists drew it, but you'd never tell with how smoothly the whole thing flowed), the conclusion of this story is now in Gotham, so these next two issues will lead right into Issue #8.

Nightwing is a big part of the crossover, so I'd highly recommend this one.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #6

For the first time in the six-issue run, we finally know how Starfire and Jason Todd met each other, and we know that the Grayson-Starfire romance is still in the canon.

I was impressed by the flashback issue, but it did lead me to ask one question: WHY WAS THIS NOT ISSUE #1? This was the background I cared most about, had an amazing Dick-Jason exchange and set up the actual first issue perfectly.

Nonetheless, it's a better-late-than-never kind of deal and I'm glad this issue exists. Roy was seen briefly in a flashback as Arsenal, but that was the extent of his time in the book.

Actually, I'm ok with that, as it seems like it's tough getting these three to mesh in a book at the same time.

The emotion in the faces was drawn brilliantly, and it makes sense to hearken back to Jason's background in the Bat-verse before he and Red Robin have their run-in at the Night of the Owls.

Overall, all of the Bat-books involved in the crossover are putting their best feet forward and this could very well be something amazing.

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