Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Published by DC Comics
Bruce is hot on Ra’s trail. Unfortunately, that trail leads to Paradise Island – and it’s a total ‘no boys allowed’ scenario.
This issue was very similar in structure to Batman & Aquaman, but I think that was okay. I really enjoyed how Tomasi wrote Diana and her relationship with Bruce. She is an awesomely fierce lady who is loyal to her friends and their personal causes, and I love that about her. I also enjoyed the supporting characters, like the Oracle and the Neekta. And you can never go wrong with the ‘big scary looking creature is really just a sad lonely creature’s motif; at least, not in my experience.
Ra’s acted pretty interesting in this one, too. He makes all these claims to want his family back and have Talia and Damian at his side, though seems to know the danger in reviving them in the manner he’s trying. So, I found the fact that he was going to start by throwing Damian into this pit first as opposed to Talia practically like a huge slap in the face to Bruce. Almost like he’s saying, “We’ll try Damian first, and if it doesn’t work, well. Them’s the breaks.” So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really question Ra’s motives for taking the bodies and leading this wild goose chase.
Man, for once, I didn’t really like all of Gleason’s art, only about 75%. Regardless, I wouldn’t want anyone else on this title, and the battle scene in the cave was fantastic. And Gleason still draws a super hot Bruce Wayne, yes he does!
You can feel Bruce’s frustration at the cat-and-mouse game coming off him in waves. I don’t think he’ll be taking your crap anymore, Ra’s.
4 out of 5 nerds