Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Marcio Takara and Dean White Price: $3.99
Dance Like No One's Watching...
This issue starts off with Christine Montclair, a professional dancer who is practicing her moves at 4:30 in the morning. An hour before any of the dancers are expected to show. So Christine is alone. Or so she thinks. Not long after she starts practicing she is frightened when she turns to see who we know is Cassandra Caine AKA Orphan. Who is startled herself and gets the hell out of there with a smoke bomb and escape.
In this issue we get 3 different stories. The main one being about Cassandra Caine AKA Orphan. It shows how hard it has been for her to open up to anyone about how she feels. She was trained to do nothing but kill and now that she is done with that way of life, she's not sure that it's done with her. We are shown an example of this when Batman finds her taking down some criminals and almost killing them. When all is said and done we see that Orphan isn't as alone as she feels, because Shiva is coming.
Duke and Azrael...
The 2 stories are shorter than the first which is fine because they just give us a closer look at some of our characters and situation. The first deals with Duke having a conversation with Azrael about religion and it's affect on fighting. Azrael shows Duke the Wisdom of St. Dumas on a hologram of sorts. This story was really interesting. I've always loved stories that have one character getting to know another and having deep conversations about their situations. Great little story. That ends with what looks like the Wisdom of St. Dumas going into a little robot that looks pretty badass if I do say so myself.
Last But Not Least...
This last story isn't really much of a story but a teaser for what's coming... and it gets me excited. It starts by telling us it's months earlier and we see Red Robin confronting Batman about what he is really up to. Batman plays dumb but when it comes down to it, Batman is preparing for war and Robin wants to know why. Something to do with the Button perhaps? Or Dr. Oz maybe? We will just have to wait and see.
I really enjoyed this issue. I'm glad we're getting a more in depth look at Orphans character and that the story will revolve a bit more around her for now. It was really cool when the reader got to see things through Orphans eyes. Every time she looks at someone including Batman, her brain automatically pinpoints all the pressure points she could use to kill them. So cool. The St. Dumas story was interesting and I'm curious to see where it goes. Then the Red Robin conversation! That got me excited. What war is coming?! I want to know! The art was fantastic as well. The colors jump right off the page and the detail is beautifully done.
Brandon Reid | NCR