Story: James Tynion IV
Art: Marcio Takara
Colors: Marcello Maiolo
And that’s literally like 75% of this issue. Orphan just totally taking on swarms of the League of Shadows. Batman and the crew are taken captive below Gotham City, where Lady Shiva and her team are about to set off a bomb on Gotham’s fault line, causing Gotham to die completely. But not if Orphan has anything to say about it! She’s fighting her way through all of Lady Shivas ninja assassins and finally makes her way to Lady Shiva. Orphan and Lady Shiva fight for a bit, and then out of nowhere Batman and all of his crew show up behind her.
I’m really hoping they explain how Batman and his crew got away, because this part really didn’t make much sense to me. Otherwise, watching Orphan take on swarms of ninjas was totally cool looking. There was a narrative framing device that showed a lady reading Orphan a story and it framed up the story pretty well, but wasn’t super pertinent to the events.
Ulysses is evil after all! He’s taken this time to develop some chemical warfare type bombs that will completely incinerate all of the ninjas currently underground. Only one problem with that: They will also incinerate Batman and his crew! And the TMNT. And any other poor saps who happen to be chillin out in their super deep basements below Gotham.
Sum it up!
While there was some cool action sequences in this issue, it still didn’t quite hit a home run for me. I did enjoy the Orphan stuff that happened, but right now it just feels like maybe there’s too many cooks in the kitchen for this book. Another problem with it, for a Batman book we sure are missing out on a lot of Batman action. I will also say that I was a little dissapointed to find out Ulysses is taking the evil path. I mean, I knew he wasn’t a great guy, but in this issue we’ve definitely established him to be a total bad guy. So that’s too bad. Overall, it’s a fun read and a decent Batman story.
Ben DuPey | NCR