This issue concludes the Court of Owls storyline. Batman confronts the owl who claims to be his long lost brother. Whether he is actually Bruce Wayne’s brother isn’t fully revealed in this comic, but through my research I did find that the old DC Universe did have a villain named Thomas Wayne Jr. Either way, this is an excellent conclusion to an excellent storyline.
The final battle is more of Batman getting beaten up by an owl who’s more powerful than most. It feels a little rushed, but the exposition within had to happen somewhere. You know Thomas Wayne Jr. survives, but this issue is still a victory for Batman. The rest of the issue is a very well done conversation between Batman and Nightwing to close the storyline.
If you’ve been paying attention to this series so far, this is an easy recommendation. If not, you’ve missed out on so much that it’s better just to wait for the paperback – which I recommend that you get. Despite the seemingly rushed final fight, this is a satisfying conclusion to an excellent storyline. There really isn’t anything else to say without spoiling something.
This is the second issue in the Knightfall storyline, which pits Batgirl who are taking their vigilante crusade to the extreme – killing street level thugs and petty criminals. Does this storyline show any promise?
This comic opens with the first fight between Batgirl and Knightfall. One of the vigilantes can break concrete with her punches, another has some sort of power that isn’t really described yet, while the third just uses a spiked club. This issue also has character development for a cop we’ve only seen glimpses of earlier in the series. This cop doesn’t seem to like Batgirl, but is forced to play nice as they have to work together. It’s also nice to see that Batgirl has far more confidence than she had when she just regained use of her legs. The issue’s cliffhanger promises a fight between Batgirl and Batwoman in the next issue.
The artwork is pretty good. Facial expressions are handled well and the action is easy to follow. If I have one complaint about the art, it’s with a scene about Batgirl’s roommate – the cat seems bigger in one panel than its cage looked in the previous panel. Not a huge deal, but it feels off.
While I wouldn’t call this issue great, it’s still good. If you’ve been reading and enjoying Batgirl so far, this is an easy recommendation. This comic explains pretty much everything you need to know, although it’s worth tracking down issue 10 as well.