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With Your Monsters Combined....... I'm A Bigger Monster
Written By: Steve Orlando, Tim Seeley Art By: Roge Antonio, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: October 5, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Well, from what we saw in the previous issue, it seems our Monster Men threat is coming to a close........ at least on the city wide scale that we saw because the evacuated populace in Gotham's cave systems had the altering algae burned off of them and Duke came through with a cure for Gotham Girl. I guess all we have left are Nightwing and the original Monster Men themselves and by my count, we only have one more left. It's just too bad that the one left happens to be the biggest baddest looking one of them all. Let's jump into this Night of the Monster Men story and see if the hurricane plays a bigger role or if it was just there as window dressing and if our heroes can cure Nightwing and take down the last mammoth monster man. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with us taking that Nightwing dilemma right off of the table because our heroes cure him right away, but that doesn't mean that Gotham is safe just yet because all that algae that was causing the people of Gotham to rage out has come together to make the mother of all monsters....... or the father of all monsters........ there's not really a gender when it comes to ooze monsters made solid. Anyway, after Nightwing is cured and the big ass monster comes stomping into town, I found myself confused as hell because even though we just saw Spoiler and Orphan at the cave system in Batman #8, here they are with the rest of our gang ready to lend a hand.......... Well, except for Orphan....... she really doesn't have anything to do. Stephanie though, she's all about helping Dick find Hugo Strange and the only way to do that apparently is setting up a hologram/computer antenna at the top of Wayne Tower so they can determine where the master mind is and also what his motive for creating the Monster Men were.
Now, there's a brief mention about this last Monster Man having an intelligence to it because instead of taking on the heroes who are attacking it, it seems to be going straight for Nightwing and Spoiler....... because for some reason this monster knows that they're trying to go after Hugo Strange........ I don't know how it knows, but apparently it just does and starts climbing the Wayne Tower to get them. This, since we already set up Batman's big defense system, the Wayne Watchtowers is finally initiated and............ Well, I don't know what exactly happened. It seems that the monster is electrocuted....... and then it's fine and after Spoiler and Nightwing jump to safety, it's electrocuted again, killing the monster, but since all we had before was the Wayne Watchtower name and nothing else to go on with it........ I'm kind of lost about what the hell went down.
In the end, we learn that the Monster Men's programming is changing and all the goop that made up the monsters in the first place start converging on one another so that they can form one gigantic kaiju monster. Before our heroes apparently.......... pilot the Wayne Watchtowers? Well, before that, we learn that all of Hugo's former patients that made up the Monster Men were suffering from manipulation, grief, fear and childhood problems and Nightwing determines that these people were used to send Batman a message because this is what Hugo's diagnosed Batman with having and because no one likes to be judged, Batman plans on taking the fight to Hugo personally. Too bad that it looks like Hugo is waiting with his own Batman costume on and since he's been working out, he fills it out pretty well.
That's it for this issue of Nightwing and Chapter 5 of the Monster Men story and things are just all over the place with this story arc. I mean, the hurricane just keeps coming and going all willy nilly and our heroes just keep jumping to conclusions about how to stop things or even what's going on in general. While I didn't mind the art in this issue, the story just does not hold my attention because as soon as a threat is revealed, it's quickly taken care, but then a new threat is quickly created and the only real constant is Batman wanting to take care of things on his own. It's just a lot of nonsense and I still don't know what's up with the Wayne Watchtowers. Hopefully the finale can tie everything together to make this series seem worthwhile, but right now it's just an interruption to our regularly scheduled stories and it's becoming annoying.
Bits and Pieces:
It's more of the same of what we've already gotten from the Night of the Monster Men story here and actually, I found myself feeling even more lost with things just happening "because" and me wondering what the hell the Wayne Watchtowers even do. I enjoyed the art enough here, but overall I'm getting tired of this story.