Thursday, July 18, 2013

Review: Batman and Catwoman #22

Come for the action, stay for the nagging

In the months following Damian's death, Batman has teamed up with various members of the Bat Family to get through the classic stages of grief.   This month Batman deals with despair with the help of Catwoman...sort of.
Catwoman does start off the book and in a neat JLA tie-in needs Batman's help to stop a kidnapping. Peter J. Tomasi nails Catwoman's voice and the banter between her and Batman is spot on.

Patrick Gleason's art is great as usual, especially in the early Catwoman scenes.  However, Catwoman seems to be here only to provide the action that people look for in a Batman title.  Though fun enough, it ends with a fizzle not a bang.

The main story involves Carrie Kelly.  Yes, it looks like she is here to stay.  She has started her job dog sitting Titus, but is working overtime hounding Bruce about Damian's sudden disappearance.   Bruce keeps the lie going that Damian is studying abroad, going to an extreme that is bound to come back to haunt him later.  The story isn't bad it just feels as if we are being force fed Carrie and her relationship with Bruce.

Despair is a tough thing to portray and still keep things interesting and exciting.  This issue may just be a breather before next months Batman and Nightwing, but I was hoping for something better.  While the art is great and the dialogue fine, the two stories seem disjointed and neither really leaves its mark in the end.  Speaking of the end though, the book ends with a familiar face that has me excited for what's to come in the future.


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