Batman: Battle For The Cowl, issues 1-3, published by DC Comics, 40 pages, $3.99.
For those not “in the know” where the world of comics is concerned, DC comics has (seemingly) killed off Batman/Bruce Wayne. A new hero’s head is needed on which to hang the cowl, and that was (ostensibly) the point of DC Comics’ three issue miniseries, Batman: Battle For The Cowl. I wish I could say that the result lives up to the hype and promising premise.
The most glaring criticism of this series has to be the fact that readers are left unsure of the identity of the new Batman. Turning to the last page, expecting a payoff, I was left with the feeling of having my pocket picked, instead. Boos and hisses for DC, the real villains.
The best feature of this story is the art. Clear, dynamic and based in realism, Daniel’s style is a wonderful storytelling vehicle for what is, if not much else, an action-driven tale, and Sandu Florea’s ink work is icing on the cake.
Batman: Battle For The Cowl is recommended for died-in-the-wool Batman fans who have been following the character for the last few years. It’s not for young readers, due to violent and disturbing imagery.
Review by Mark Allen