Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Man-Bat #2 Review

Pile On The Man-Bat

Written By: Dave Wielgosz
Art By: Sumit Kumar, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 2, 2021

Now that we've seen the greatest hits of Man-Bat from the first issue of this mini, maybe now we can get to some meat in this story and maybe discover how Kirk Langstrom is going to cure himself of the Man-Bat formula destroying his DNA..... Or maybe we'll have a big ol' fight with our leathered winged main character against the Suicide Squad. Either way, it should be interesting. Let's jump into this issue and check out what Man-Bat is up to.  

So yeah, this issue is essentially the Suicide Squad, consisting of Rick Flag, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Killer Croc going after Man-Bat, while Kirk is less interested in curing himself of his internal death sentence and more preoccupied with completing his work to cure the deaf before his ultimate demise. The last bit is funny too because while he's always been about curing the deaf, he's more about helping the people that he made deaf in the previous issue.  

The Suicide Squad isn't interested in what Kirk Langstrom wants at the moment though and their only concern is to bag and tag the Man-Bat so the majority of this issue is Man-Bat taking it to the squad one at a time so that he can die as free as he wants to, while also mixing in an element to further issues that involve the Scarecrow. Ultimately though, if you ever wanted to see Man-Bat go ham on not only one of DC's best but a team of them, then maybe this issue is what you've been waiting for.

All in all, I really enjoyed the art in this issue but the story felt a bit lacking since it's an all-out fight scene that wasn't even completely finished by the end of this issue and that means that we'll be padding this six-issue mini out pretty bad if that's the case, but even with this disappointing aspect, there's still fun to be had from Man-Bat beating the holy hell out of a group that just think of him as a wimpy science nerd. Mostly though, I was just happy that this didn't feel like a collage of Man-Bat's greatest hits throughout the years of him being around and did more to make this mini feel like it's something more relevant.  

Bits and Pieces:

It's the Suicide Squad vs. Man-Bat and if that's all you're interested in here..... Well, you'll love the hell out of this issue because that's what you'll get here while doing very little in progressing the story in a way that doesn't feel forced. The art looks great and it's a fun read but feels non-important by the end and doesn't do a whole lot throughout.  


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