Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Batgirl #29 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I'm not really sure what to make of this issue.  The surprise ending is totally unexpected, and it certainly was a fun (if grim) surprise.  But, I'm still totally confused about Silver.  He has essentially turned himself into an anti-vampire, drenching himself in holy water day and night.  I (sorta) get that.  He was motivated to do so after his mother committed suicide in the bathtub when he was a child and he mistook the lack of blood (since it flowed down the drain) as a sign that vampires killed her.  I (sorta) get that.  But, why does he see everyone as a vampire?  Is it some sort of side effect of the mask that he wears?  If so, why does he wear the mask?  Was he given it by someone trying to manipulate him?  Was that "someone" maybe his assistant?  Why doe he still cling to a child-like misconception when he's (at least ostensibly) a grown man?  Also, why does he have his super-speed?  It's all just very confusing.  If I had one complaint about this series it's that Simone occasionally rushes through the introduction of the various new villains that we've seen.  I'm always feeling like an extra issue (or two) would help flesh out the characters in a way that made them real and not just the Monster of the Week.

** (two of five stars)

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