Sunday, December 8, 2013

Damian: Son of Batman #2

Damian: Son of Batman #2 begins with explaining the confusing ending of the first issue as a criminal-killing Damian is confronted by his father (a man the comic had told us was dead). Long story short, the Batman that died was Dick Grayson and not the long-retired Bruce Wayne who shows up to give his son (who he apparently abandoned for weeks after Dick's death) a beating that leaves the old man hospitalized.

The rest of the issue deals with Damian's guilt over almost causing his father's death, his vow to be the kind of hero both Bruce and Dick would be proud of, and donning his own version of the Bat-suit (as seen in Batman #666) to become the new Batman.

The confusion aside, the comic does give us Damian donning the costume for the "first" time, but the moment lacks any real gravitas (although I liked the "nice coat" comment the new Batman gets while jumping into action chasing a sighting of the Joker later in the issue). Andy Kubert delivers some moments, but the entire issue feels like a train wreck. Hit-and-Miss.

[DC, $3.99]

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