Writers: Steve Orlando & Scott Synder
Artists: Riley Rossmo
And You Get a Vigilante, and So Do You, Everyone Gets a Vigilante
A man dies in his apartment, and his death leads Batman to one of his greatest mysteries yet. A search for a man who should’ve been dead, leads Batman back to a place from his past. Cranston’s life leads us through a whirlwind of interviews, clues, and secrets. But every step of the way The Shadow is close on Batman’s tail, and is making sure the hero doesn’t learn too much.
So there were a lot of characters in this story. So many indeed, that I got pretty lost on who was who. The tone of this book definitely had a Court of Owls feel to it, but more mystic and confusing. I think if less would’ve happened, and we were better introduced to the main cast it would’ve settled with me better. Synder seems to be taking on the indie book feel in a lot of his writing. Implied meaning, cryptic hints, a parade of characters, and it just doesn’t work as well (at least for me) in a Batman book. This may just be me or the mood I was in when I read this book. That’s right the mood you’re in can impact how you feel about a book. Some stories you really have to be in a certain mindset to read and truly grasp the feel of the book. I am interested going forward, how this story will play out, but for this issue alone it just fell short.
I believe the Shadow is a popular character. Maybe if I had a better understanding of who he was, I would’ve enjoyed this book more. Either way, for fans who know and love both these characters I’m sure this was quite an epic event for them. For new readers I hope his character will be more fleshed out and less obscure.
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Ariel DuPey | NCR