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Comic Review: Damian: Son of Batman #2

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 6:15 am by Heather Antos

DamianWritten By: Andy Kubert

Pencils By: Andy Kubert

Colors By: Brad Anderson

Published By: DC Comics

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Kubert’s most recent series at DC Comics has certainly become one of the strangest tellings of Gotham’s Caped Crusader. And in this week’s Damian: Son of Batman #2, that story continues the confusion that the first installment began, confusion that make me curious as to whether or not the series’ writer and artist will be able to successfully tie all the knots within the next (and final) two issues.

Readers, be warned: Spoilers lie ahead.

I suppose in order to truly try and untangle some of this cluster of plot twists and continuity confusions, we first need to back up and take another look at Andy Kubert’s Damian: Son of Batman #1. In his first installment, we met Batman and Robin as they were investigating what appeared to be another one of the Joker’s mass murders – and what soon turned out to be a trap to end The Dark Knight once and for all. Damian, placing all blame on his own shoulders, turns and runs to mommy (Talia Al Ghul) for help, gets declined, and soon takes it upon himself to avenge his mentor’s murder by killing every villain that he was able to hunt down.  The issue ends with a very shocking panel where see a very much not dead Bruce Wayne confront his son for betraying Batman’s rule of not killing. The issue’s pacing was far too fast and the content itself slightly disappointing. And though Damian: Son of Batman #2 did pull in on the reins a bit, our leading lad still seemed to be chomping on the bit to move forward as quick as possible.

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Basically the series so far (Damian: Son of Batman #2 included) feels like a huge teenaged temper tantrum gone wrong. The second installment continues the final panel of Damian: Son of Batman #1, when we, as the readers, find out that the Batman who was killed in issue one was in fact Dick Grayson, leaving us with a very very angry Bruce Wayne – and trust anyone when they tell you you won’t like him when he’s angry!   Damian attacks Bruce, and father attacks son. Social Services would have a field day in Gotham! And when Damian’s angered adrenaline pushes too hard and lands Bruce Wayne on a hospital bed, he breaks down once again to find out the cause of all this mayhem.

The story that Kubert seems to be telling is that of any teenager against his parent: anything you can do, I can do better. Damian complains to anyone who will hear him that Batman’s methods didn’t solve any problems, and that he did more good for Gotham than Batman ever did. So, he decides to take on the cowl once and for all to show the world that he is as good a Batman as any.

Andy Kubert’s abilities as an artist continue to surpass his skills as a writer, for this particular series. His pencils, though sometimes seemingly disproportionate, tell the dark story of The Dark Knight quite well. Kubert’s chosen ‘camera angles’ for his panels are always interesting choices, quite often not the first choice for artists, but do their part in telling the story. Brad Anderson’s shadowy, muted color palette meshes with Kubert’s pencils perfectly. Together, these two make a great visual pair for Damian: Son of Batman #2.

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Again, like issue one, Kubert’s script feels rushed. Every single moment gets scrambled into one singular mess of too many characters and far too many questions. The biggest challenge ahead for Andy Kubert is the fact that he has only two issues left to clear up all this confusion that the first two have caused. Is Dick Grayson really dead? Was the Joker truly behind everything? And what was The Joker even doing inside of Wayne Manor? Also, as a reader, I’m still having a hard time figuring out what this mini-series is even truly supposed to be about. Will Damian learn to wear the cowl with the same integrity as his father and mentor before him? Does Andy Kubert even know? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out…

 

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