Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Andy Kubert
Published by DC Comics
Well, comic books readers, you guys ready for some emotions? Probably not but too bad, because that’s what this one-shot is full of!
Tomasi starts us off with a somewhat brief history of Damian’s life and how he came to be, and I found that really nice. I’m not a new reader by any means, but even so, with all the rebooting and different writers’ interpretations, it was nice to get a solid and simple explanation of the character, through the eyes of another.
As for the rest of the issue, it was just a big ol’ battle, but with so much emotion behind it from both Bruce and Ra’s, that it all really balanced out. I really enjoyed how the sudden partnership between Ra’s and Bruce was handled, and the synchronism between Batman and Frankenstein. And that ending! Man that was a tough one. Captain Marvel was only trying to help his teammate, but I wanted to smack him so bad for stopping Bruce from following Godfrey and his men. But nothing broke my heart more than Titus protecting the caskets. What a good pup. However I got a little nervous not seeing him at the end with the Justice League. I’ll try not to read into things, but I hope Titus is okay!
A common complaint of mine with Andy Kubert is often that I felt he drew Damian looking too old. That was not the case in this story and I am awfully happy about that. Not only that, but his work as a whole on Damian’s timeline was beautiful and heartbreaking, a merit to both Kubert and colorist Brad Anderson. As for the rest of this issue, Kubert’s consistency was spot on. There was an awful lot to draw, and I commend Kubert and his art team for all the hard work they put in.
I’ve gotta say, this was probably one of the most stressful arc openers I’ve read in a long while. These next five months are going to be an adventure, and I’m still holding out hope that we’ll get the conclusion a lot of the Bat-fandom wants: the return of our favorite assassin child.
4 out of 5 nerds