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Subj: Batman 107 Review
Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 at 09:52:07 am EDT (Viewed 48 times)
Let's see. Everything is a set up of the new status quo. Scarecrow is calling the shots with the guy who will make tomorrow. Harley tries to do good, but because she's nuts, she's hitting cops who surprise her with baseball bats.
The Gotham police are actually doing their job, so they don't appreciate Bats contaminating crime scenes, and Barb is setting up mini-Batsignals across Gotham. Why not just text. Seriously. If Bats is on the outs, why be so public with contact protocols?
Blind, new-old Friend of Bruce is doing - stuff? I don't know. The overall effect of the issue is just treading water. The new status quo could have been set up in three pages, and we could have had a kick-ass action scene. I can't say I'm a fan of what Tynion is doing, but why does it have to be done in such a slow, non-exciting way? What does it cost for an issue? $4? (Turns out I was wrong. Apparently it's $5). That's a lot of money for nothing happening.
And while the art has its charms, I really don't like the designs of the new characters. But that's me. I also don't get what they are setting up Harley to be. She is now guilty of assault with a deadly weapon on a cop. Her actions were seen by other cops. There's no way she is an anti-hero who is left alone, unless you want to show that "sane" Harley is as dangerous as "insane" Harley. But no matter how you slice it, it's back behind bars for her. That's the only way this works unless you want to have bad story-telling with plot requiring characters to act the way they do to drive plot and there won't be any logical story-telling consequences as a result.
Tynion wouldn't do that, he's known for his tight character work and iron-clad plotting.
Or I could be wrong.
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