Written By: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 2, 2013
Worst Day (Night) Ever
As Batwing #14 title suggests, Luke Fox can't catch a break. Since last issue (which seems like years ago...Thanks Villain's Month) Luke has been falling off a building special delivery of Lady Vic. Of course, his Batsuit flakes out on him and he is about to be pavement paint. Fortunately, his luck improves a bit and the suit kicks in just before he hits the concrete. After some other mishaps, Luke makes his way home to deal with an ex-girlfriend in need and a Family ready to line up behind Lady Vic to kill him.
Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti have really made Batwing a fun title. Luke Fox brings just the right amount of intelligence and resourcefulness that makes this Batwing great. He consults with Batman without relying too much on him. The best example is .when Luke has said problems with his suit. He saddles up to the workbench and fixes and improves the suit himself. It just makes sense since he's the one risking his life while wearing it.
This scene also really drives home why the book is so good...the art. Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira do a great job throughout, but really shine in the Batwing suit montage. I also want to point out Paul Mounts' colors. They are the most vibrant of any of the Bat Family books on the shelf.
The only downer for me was the whole ex-girlfriend storyline. I'm not going to say it is cliche or trite, but it has the potential to go there really quick. I have faith in Gray and Palmiotti to steer clear of that, though.
I actually almost forgot the best part of the book, the cover. Darwyn Cooke's cover art will hopefully draw new readers in because it really is an awesome image. It may be my favorite cover from the whole New 52 so far.
Bits and Pieces:
Batwing #24 is a fun read with great art and an awesome cover. Hopefully it will get more attention because it really deserves it. I definitely recommend picking up this title.