Reviews – DC Comics: Batwing #21

Posted: June 12, 2013 in Reviews - DC Comics
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Written By: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Pencils By: Eduardo Pansica / Inks By: Julio Ferreira / Colours By: Hi-Fi / Letters By: Dezi Sienty
Price: $2.99

With Batwing #19 came new writers and a new penciler. With Batwing #20 came a new man behind the mask. With Batwing #21, I realize just how good change can be sometimes.

I’m not going to sit here and tear apart what Batwing was before the new direction taken over the last few issues because frankly that’s not important at the moment. The book was never particularly bad, it certainly had its moments, I suppose I just never really connected with it. However, be it the new creative team or the new star, Batwing’s stock has definitely gone up in my eyes recently. While David Zavimbe was an interesting character in his own right, and without question different from the typical superhero protagonist, the new Batwing, Lucas Fox, is, thus far, much more entertaining. To put it in terms of the rest of the Bat-Family, Zavimbe most closely compares to Batman, while Fox is more akin to Nightwing. The difference being that while the Bat-Family is Dick Grayson’s family, Lucas Fox still has his parents and two sisters which allows for a family dynamic rarely depicted in the Bat-books. And maybe that’s what works for me the most, Lucas Fox just feels more relatable. Also coming with the book’s new direction is a new villain. Introduced last issue before taking a more central role this month, Lion-Mane is probably one of the more out there villains in the DC Universe. The best way I can describe him is a cross between a lion (obviously) and a centaur, and while on the surface that sounds a bit ridiculous, somehow it just seems to work. I could certainly see Lion-Mane terrorizing Batwing for years to come.

Overall, there’s not really a better way for me to say this other, issue #21 is probably the most fun, entertaining and compelling Batwing story I’ve read. If you’ve been curious about this book but haven’t picked it up yet, now’s the time. I have a feeling next month things are going to get even crazier.

Score: 8.0

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