Tuesday, July 17, 2012
This issue is packed with dialogue. It’s a long read just due to the amount of madness that Owlman spews throughout the issue. It’s honestly wonderful, seeing Owlman yell, rant, and explain all his innermost motivations, while Batman just takes it. Then BAM, Bats nails his “brother” with both a devastating one-liner and a solid body-blow each time. This is a believable, exciting final chapter for the series, and Owlman instantly belongs amongst Batman’s rogues. There’s no real reason to believe this guy is Thomas Wayne, he very clearly has been manipulated his whole life. But it’s a great mind-game.
And Batman doesn’t care! I mean, he’s going to research, sure, cause he’s Batman. But he doesn’t care while the fight is going, it honestly feels like Bats is just sitting there, getting pummeled so that he can pop out a great tough guy line during the fight. “Ooh, he said history; I can bust him on that one!” So awesome.
Greg Capullo is still doing neat stuff with the art. The battle is good, but I love the actual maze on the recap page, when Bruce is talking about the next steps. Capullo is doing original ideas here that make the book feel fun and new. I don’t love the white owl mask on Owlman, but I love the goggles underneath. The little plastic-explosive launcher is a neat gadget too. I hope Batman gets one!