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"Battle For The Cowl": A Retrospective

In Comic Reviews, Comics on May 20, 2009 at 8:19 pm

“Batman: Battle For The Cowl” ended today, with the ultimate revelation of the new Batman and Robin. In case you were wondering, yes, it ended exactly how you thought it would. Dick Grayson is the new Batman, Damien Wayne is the new Robin, Tim Drake is alive somewhere with a series of cuts in his chest (and one can safely bet, a brand new Red Robin costume), and Jason Todd has fallen to a death that fails the litmus test of all comic book deaths: there is no body. Half the characters from the covers played no role in the comic whatsoever, and the sub-plot of Gotham being devastated by a new Black Mask has met no resolution, other than Dick proudly announcing that it was clearly not the work of Two-Face or The Penguin.

So, why do we care? Its definitely a temporary change, even Dan Didio has acknowledged that Bruce Wayne will be back eventually. And the upcoming stories are still by Grant Morrison, who has written one hell of a mess of a Batman story lately. Its been a less than well kept secret that Dick would take over, so there was certainly no surprise or suspense to the ending. Damien is the new Robin, despite the fact that, let’s face it, the character is an annoying brat. In short, Battle for the Cowl feels like a poorly plotted, haphazardly created thing that exists solely to give Frank Quitely more time to draw “Batman & Robin”, which debuts two weeks from now, during what I’m lovingly calling DC’s “Oh Look, We Have A New Batman, He Should Appear In Everything” Month.

The story was good for a few cheap thrills, but all in all, “Battle for the Cowl” falls short of its ultimate goal, and fails to provide anything to give me a reason to care much. Hopefully the coming months and Dick Grayson’s baptism by fire as the new Batman will provide us with something enjoyable.

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Looking Back: The Resurrection of Jason Todd

In Comic Reviews, Comics on May 5, 2009 at 7:53 am
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Jason Todd. He was the second Robin, and after a controversial fan vote, he was killed by The Joker in the classic “A Death In The Family“. But in 2003, during Jeph Loeb’s acclaimed storyline “Hush”, the seeds were planted for the return of Jason Todd, a resurrection which was eventually revealed in Judd Winck’s 2005 storyline “Under The Hood” and its sequel, “Family Reunion“.

But what has happened to Jason Todd lately? With all that’s going on during “Battle For The Cowl”, we seem to have lost sight of the Jason who was resurrected. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the post-resurrection Jason Todd and try to find some clues as to what’s going on.

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Review: "Batman: Battle For The Cowl" #2

In Comic Reviews on April 10, 2009 at 12:44 am

Batman: Battle For The Cowl #2 (Of 3)Batman: Battle For The Cowl #2 (Of 3)

Writer/Artist: Tony Daniel

Inks: Sandu Florea

Colors: Ian Hannin

The second issue of Battle For The Cowl is here, but can we really say anything more about this series?  It picks up right where the second one left off, with a mysterious second Batman showing up and being identified with a less than shocking reveal (hint: its exactly who you think it is), and the majority of the issue is comprised of this Batman fighting with Tim, while Black Mask’s soldiers attack GCPD and Dick gets all sad and vindictive in the Batcave.

And that’s it.  Nothing really happens in this issue.  Yeah, there’s that last page, but c’mon.  You really think anything serious is going to come of that?  Because this is the second issue of the three part mini, there’s not a lot to happen here, and as a result we’re left with a lot of unresolved threads and lackluster action.  And how is it that Tim, who just bested Lady Shiva in the last issue of his own series, got his ass handed to him so readily in this issue?  And wasn’t Damien trained by the freaking League of Assassins?  There’s a lot of out of character moments and a lot of non exciting action, but hey, the Birds of Prey show up halfway through for their obligatory one panel appearance.  Oh, Batgirl and Spoiler on that cover?  Hope you enjoyed that, because they’re nowhere to be found in this issue.  And wasn’t Wildcat supposed to show up?  Where’s he so far?

There’s basically a whole lot of nothing in this issue, and with only one issue left to wrap it up, there’s a lot of concern as to whether or not the changes this series promises to bring about will be worthwhile.  Besides, I think we all know who’s going to wind up in the cowl at the end, don’t we?

Final Grade: D.  Here’s hoping #3 can pull a turn around.

The Pull List! Week of April 08, 2009

In The Pull List! on April 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Normally, I do a much bigger Pull List than this. But this week, we’re only highlighting one issue from each company. Why? Because its a really short week. There’s some strong stuff coming out, but nothing that I can really do a whole write-up about. That said, don’t get your hopes down. Its still a really strong week, just not a week with a large number of releases…and really, isn’t that better on your wallet?

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