Written by Judd Winick, Art & Cover by Ben Oliver
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Africa, a land of beauty – and of great horror. A land of creation and conflict. It is in desperate need of a defender, and from the ranks of Batman Incorporated comes a soldier to carry on the legacy of The Dark Knight in the most tumultuous region on Earth. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa!
Bias: As I said above, I’m not a big Bat-family fan, and this one has nothing in the solicits and interviews to change that opinion. As with all the 52 DCnU titles, I’m picking up #1 to give its creative team a chance to wow me into picking up #2, but I just don’t see this one capturing my attention.
What I liked: The art was amazing!! Light on background, but the foreground was so detailed you barely noticed. The story did a great job of setting up the series, letting us see an arch-enemy, the hero’s allies (I especially liked how Batman was portrayed as a mentor), and the methods the hero uses (his secret identity especially). I especially liked the fact that, while I haven’t read Batman Inc., I was able to understand what was going on without feeling like I missed any of the story.
What I disliked: Although the comic was well written, and I did like a number of the elements, it just felt like it was written with a different target audience in mind – it just wasn’t for me. (I feel this way about anime, as well. Just not my thing.)
Verdict: going to give this one a pass, though you might want to check it out yourself.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.