Three Batman related Rebirth titles this week, which is a lot but you’ll enjoy every single one. Batman hits it’s groove, Justice League launches with an epic story, and we get a great Birds of Prey Rebirth issue.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: David Finch
Ink: Danny Miki
Colors/Letters: Jordie Bellaire, John Workman
Bruce goes under cover as Matches Malone to learn more about Gotham’s two new heroes, Gotham and Gotham Girl. Hank and Claire both aspired to be like Batman after he saved Hank and their parents from a robber; two mysterious superheroes then show up in Gotham City after their parents wired them a large sum of money. In the present, bombs are still going off all over the city when Gotham and Gotham Girl find Hugo Strange and Psycho Pirate in a building they were attempting to rescue.
With this one issue, I’ve become emotionally invested into Gotham and Gotham girl. Which now worries me, but that could be because I watch too much Game of Thrones. Part of the worry comes from the fact that we know the Monster Men are on the way, and you can’t just buy super powers, even in the DC Universe. So Hank and Claire becoming monsters when trying to do good is high on my prediction list. Hugo Strange popping up seems random, maybe I’m missing something.
Really enjoyed the story behind the two heroes, and I loved seeing Bruce’s second alter ego, Matches Malone. Tom King appears to have found his groove with this fantastic issue. David Finch provided some great panels, especially with the family being robbed at the beginning. It’s a played out situation for us Batman fans for sure, we’ve seen families getting robbed in dark alleys for years but the characters showed so much emotion, you felt horrible for them. This was a beautiful comic and I can’t say enough about the colors they’re going with, so different than the previous creative team. It gives Gotham City a fresh new look.
Rating: 10/10 If I have one complaint, it’s that the issue felt a little short. Definitely left me wanting more.
Writers: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Artist: Claire Roe
Colors/Letters: Allen Passalaqua, Steve Wands
Batgirl discovers that the person behind some mob dealings is going by the name Oracle so she sets out to bring the Birds of Prey back together. Black Canary agrees to help out for one night so both track down a person of interest. Black Canary and Batgirl cross paths with the Huntress, who they apparently don’t know, but she knows them. Oracle watches on a computer screen.
The last page made things very confusing for me, and I’m not sure what’s going on there. So let’s assume that will get cleared up in the first issue in two weeks.
This was a fun Rebirth comic book that will be sure to attract readers to the series. It brought everyone up to speed on the histories of all three Birds of Prey and gave them each direction.
Art started off a little hit or miss for me, but the action scenes were really well done. By the end I was totally on board, I just needed to get use to the new takes on the characters. It’s hard to judge writers so early in a story, but I like where they are going with this team.
Rating: 7/10 Exciting start to the rebirth of the Birds of Prey. I hope a few things get ironed out by the next issue, but DC put these beloved heroes in the right creative hands.
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Ink: Sandu Florea
Colors/Letters: Tomeu Morey, Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Earthquakes ravaged planet earth and the Justice League did what they can to help. Humans became possessed by some entity and start attacking the heroes and stealing their powers. Batman found some sort of spacecraft that unleashes a swarm of insect-like aliens.
Bryan Hitch is a well-known artist but has been doing a phenomenal job writing the Justice League. Every story he does is so epic and grand in scope. He also does a great job of highlighting each member of the league. Speaking of highlights, Tony Daniel sure does draw an amazing Justice League. Batman in particular looks great, but Daniel has had years of experience to perfect the Dark Knight.
Every Justice League member looks to be having their powers taken except for Batman, because I guess, you can’t steal awesome. The two new Green Lanterns have quickly become my some of my favorite characters. Their constant bickering makes me happy in any comic. The villains seem to be some sort of ancient creatures who aren’t very happy with the heroes.
Rating: 10/10 Can’t really think of what to say without it sounding like shameless gushing. It’s the first issue so this is pretty much everything you could ask for.
Reviews for Superman #3, Green Arrow #3, Green Lanterns #3, Aquaman #3, and Hellblazer Rebirth #1 can be read here.