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Subj: Detective comics 955 review
Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 10:14:49 pm EDT (Viewed 9 times)

What to say about this issue?

I guess I can sum it up with one phrase - too on the nose.

Class, who last issue we saw had slaughtered a whole bunch of ninjas, is seen back in time before her Popeils slice and dice. She apparently rescued by a ballerina who saw Cass dance earlier. Says Cass is great and reads her a bedtime story about a shadow who wants free will.

I am not kidding. I believe that is an accurate paraphrase for the whole slog. Cass realizes she is who she chooses to be. Runs off to the batcave kills a whole lot of people, I mean ninjas, distracts her mother enough that Bruce escapes and frees the crew and Cass says she isn't alone.

Wow. That is tidy, too tidy. A stranger reads her a bedtime story, and a major life milestone is reached? Too pat, too on the nose.

Also the action with Cass lacks the coherent storytelling elements master comic artists have. Looks like they left out 90 percent of the action to meet plot points, a failing common to many comic stories these days.

Also we see that Ulysses is nuts. While Jake was locked up U-boy created really evil weapons that are not bound by pesky morality. We also see that he has a Red Robin, burgers are half off, fetish. He ants to try on the suit that Tim used to wear.

The Cass as never alone trope was not developed. As pointed out in earlier reviews Cass is a hard character to write in that she is not verbal, so do not know what she thinks or feels. What was reaction when Stephanie disappeared? We do not know. Stephanie was Cass' first real friend and suddenly she was gone. That has to produce a response but we never see it.

Also we find out Stephanie has created some social app that tracks trouble by people posting stuff, a Spoiler-Twitter, as it were. Man, tynion just doesn't get Stephanie. He said she's the outsider. No, she is someone who wants a real family. No way she would buy into that crap spoken by the villains of the last arc. She grew up with super villains, she knows none sense rationalization when she hears it. No way she leaves the family she always wanted, the sister from another mother - and father.

Or I could be wrong.

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