Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #2

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #2
Written and illustrated by Tony Daniel
Published by DC Comics

This is a very cool idea for a comic series since it’s a bunch of people all fighting to figure out who is going to be the new Batman. There are a lot of good things in the book and a few things that I didn’t like so much. It was a good comic but I think I liked the first issue a lot better.

The good stuff is that there is a lot of action. There are a team of people that are all trying to fight the Batman in the armor who is the Jason Todd Robin. I like that Jason is just crazy and does what he wants. No one wants him to be Batman but he does it anyway and makes a suit and goes out and starts shooting criminals. He even builds a batcave and the other characters think he’s nuts. There is a great fight between Tim as Batman and Jason as Batman. They’re beating each other up all over the place and trash talking. Jason is fighting dirty and he’s using guns and cutting Tim up with the batarang and Tim is fighting back and takes a crowbar to smash it against Jason. It’s just a wild fight with two Robins against each other. The funny thing is that if Dick Grayson puts on a Batman suit then it will be three people who used to be Robins trying to be Batman, even though Dick is Nightwing now.

I liked the art a lot. I like how the artist has to draw all these different characters and they all look really good, especially the different Batman costumes that they’re wearing. Jason’s costume is a lot freakier because it is armor and I like that Tim’s costume looks like the one from the action figures and stuff like that. There is a page where Tim and Jason are jumping off a cliff in the batcave and they’re fighting the whole way down. The artist drew both Batmen like five times in the same picture and all the poses look really cool. I like how Tim hit Jason so hard with the crowbar that the metal part of his mask broke off and you could see all of Jason’s teeth smashed up. And Jason is so crazy that he’s just laughing about it.

There are a couple things that I didn’t really like about the book. There is a part where one of the bad guys breaks into Commissioner Gordon’s office and shoots the place up but the people in the office looked sort of the same so it was hard to figure out who was shot and who was okay. I like that there are all these bad guys teaming up and fighting in the city because they think Batman is dead but the only one who is really doing stuff is Black Mask and I don’t like him as much as some of the other bad guys. I hope that some of the other bad guys have more to do because Black Mask is just blowing things up and setting them on fire. I don’t get what his plan is.

I think that Dick Grayson needs to hurry up and do something. He had to stop fighting Jaosn because Damien was shot but in both issues he keeps talking about whether he should follow Bruce Wayne and be Batman or not. Even Alfred is telling him that he has to be Batman but Dick isn’t doing anything except thinking about it while everyone else is going out and fighting and getting into trouble. I also don’t believe that Jason would kill Tim. He might be a meaner Batman who kills and that’s against the rules but he just kills bad guys. I don’t think he would kill another Robin just because he didn’t like him so I hope that’s a mistake.

It was still a pretty good issue and I like how there is a lot of action going on with a lot of different Batman characters showing up but I hope that Dick hurries up and gets a chance to try and be Batman. He has been a hero the longest and he’s wasting time by just thinking about it.

My Rating: 8.5 out of 10


T-Man said...

Hey, Liam! Been a while since I looked at your blog!

Personally, I don't like that the non-Jason Batman doesn't kill, but whatever.

Liam said...

I just don't think he should kill other Robins.

ЯR [comicology] said...

Seems they are setting the story nicely, for a re-run of World without Superman, and Superman Wannabe's....

Thanks for sharing Liam.


Liam said...

You're welcome

"Rodimus" Ben Lundy said...


This isn't so much a comment on this particular review as it is a thank-you for your blog in general. I discovered you over on Ain't-It-Cool News and immediately found it refreshing to hear the perspective of a younger comics fan on today's popular titles. A lot of the guys on AICN and other comics review sites look at the deep, serious issues in comics, but sometimes it's easy to forget that, more important than anything, comics should be fun to read. Your reviews always make sure to address that point and so, for your fresh perspective, you have a new loyal reader.

Liam said...

I'm glad you like my reviews Rodimus and it's cool that you found out about them from the Aint it Cool site.

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