Thursday, June 11, 2015

Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #2 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

"But I've punched out more people than you've kissed" is a phrase that Batman utters in this issue.  It's probably all you need to know about it.

Hama follows in Simone's footsteps in "Convergence:  Nightwing and Oracle" #2 and keeps this issue primarily focused on Azrael and Batman's battle with Wetworks.  But, for an action-oriented issue, it's excessively wordy.  At some point, Hama just seems to be proving that he knows a lot about ships and weapons; the characters pretty much just talk about where they are and where they're going throughout the issue.  When the end finally comes, it doesn't off much in the way of resolution.  Azrael miraculously convinces the leader of Wetworks to join Batman in an attempt to take the battle to Telos, though they're just likely to be part of the scenery in the fight that I expect we'll see in "Convergence" #7.  That's it.

To be fair, Hana is really the only author that I've read that makes his characters confront the citizens of the other city, the one whose champions that they're trying to defeat.  (Azrael and Batman are aided by a woman whose son they saved.)  But, again, the narration is just too much and the event just too lost.

* (one of five stars)

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