Best comic of the week. I could leave it at that but you want to hear more.
This is the penultimate issue of the Night of Owls storyline; the issue the entire New Universe Batman series has been building up to. It contains major plot revelations and Batman’s detective skills and intimidation skills at their best. There isn’t too much action, but with these many plot reveals that’s definitely a good thing.
To avoid spoilers, the leaders behind the Court of Owls are finally revealed. Another major villain is also revealed, but saying anything more will be a spoiler. The art is great, as usual. Facial expressions are well-handled. The environments are dark, yet you can still see everything. The only complaint is that someone who’s supposed to be dead doesn’t really look dead. You’ll still figure it out, but it could have been drawn better.
This comic is an easy recommendation, although it would be better if you have been reading from the start. For this issue, all you need to know is that the Owls are an organization of undead assassins with healing abilities and enhanced strength – otherwise they move and think like they did when they were alive. The Court of Owls has been a major powerhouse in Gotham City for centuries and the Night of Owls is them trying to retake the city by killing all of its important people in one night. Everything else is explained in the comic.
Other comics I read this week include Batman and Robin 10, Batgirl 10, Fantastic Four 607, The Incredible Hulk 9 and Scarlet Spider 6.
Batman and Robin 10 was fairly good. I can’t call it a new series since I read issue 1 and 9, but I don’t read it enough to have a full understanding of Damien Wayne as Robin. The issue is mostly a “friendly” competition between him and Nightwing and it serves its purpose well.
Batgirl 10 was, well … I’m not sure what to think about it. I liked it the first time I read it and I feel this storyline has lots of potential, but I’m still not sure.
Fantastic Four 607 was great as always. It seems Hickman still has some good stories to tell with the remainder of his Fantastic Four run.
The Incredible Hulk 9 wasn’t anything special. Yeah, I’m done with this series.
Scarlet Spider 6 was great. The issue’s basically leading up to the next storyline – Kaine vs. Kraven. This should be awesome.