Monday, February 10, 2014

Batman: Black and White #6

The final issue of the latest volume of Batman: Black and White is neither the strongest nor weakest of the six-issue mini-series. Although it lacks a stand-out story, three of the tales present Batman adventures from perspectives other than those of the Dark Knight Detective himself.

Cliff Chiang's Clayface tale is presented from Dick Grayson's perspective in his early days as Robin before he had won over the GCPD. Olly Moss and Becky Cloonan take a look at Bruce Wayne out of the Batsuit from the perspective of former and current flings, and Dave Johnson offers a tale of a four-time loser's various run-ins with the law and Batman.

The final two stories also have something in common as they present rather mean-spirited versions of beloved characters. Dave Taylor's tale of robots and conspiracies isn't half as fun as it sounds and features an extremely unlikable Alfred. Adam Hughes offers us a Catwoman tale that while somewhat plausable makes Catwoman to be one hell of a manipulative bitch whose actions definitely cross a line. Worth a look.

[DC, $4.99]

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