Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Batwing #27 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Jason Masters and Scott Kolins
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 8, 2014

Where's the Fun, Flying Fox?

Luke Fox enters Gothtopia as Flying Fox, but can everything be good when it seems so bad?  A villain from Zero Year makes a return, but whose really in control of Gotham?  A rat in a jar plus a candle equals a pretty crazy bad guy.

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray introduce the reader to Gothtopia and while it's a interesting premise, I miss Luke Fox's own adventures.  There is a cool little shoutout to Luke's mission in Rome from issue #26 and the return of the villain from Zero Year, but the main catch here is Gothtopia.

In a nutshell, Gotham is the safest place on Earth, Batman has gone crazy and to survive "you must believe".

You figure out pretty quick that Gothtopia is not what it seems, but finding out the how and why is the fun part of the game.  Yes, there are some usual suspects when this sort of thing happens in Gotham, but there are some interesting new players as well.

I am interested in how the story plays out, but again, I just want to get back to Luke Fox's regular adventures.  The main reason is that Batwing is such a fun book.  This Gothtopia tie-in was not fun at all.  In fact, it was pretty depressing..  That's not saying it's bad because it isn't.  It just isn't the type of storytelling that has me hooked on Batwing.

The art by Jason Masters and Scott Kolins is nothing to write home about.  Granted, I really like usual Batwing artist, Eduardo Pansica and this book doesn't come close to the quality of his monthly work, but the two artists' work doesn't mesh as well.  Another reason why I want Batwing back to normal.

Bits and Pieces:

It may seem that I didn't like Batwing #27, but that's not true.  However, as a Batwing fan I was disappointed.  The fun the book has been dishing out each month is nowhere to be found and that's a shame as is the weak art.  Gothtopia is an interesting premise and a mystery I will continue reading, I just want my Batwing back.


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