The GeeksverseBatwing #1

Batwing #1
Published on Saturday, September 10, 2011 by

Written by: Judd Winick
Art by: Ben Oliver
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Art: Ben Olvier w/ Brian Reber
Assistant Editor: Rickey Purdin
Editor: Mike Marts

This issue ends on a big cliffhanger. It’s not necessarily shocking but it is unexpected. And it’s only unexpected because it’s during a flashback so we already know the ultimate end result.

The issue opens in the present and then flashsback to 6 weeks ago. The majority of the issue is in the past. So because it opens in the present and then goes to the flashback, we know that the cliffhanger ending is wasted.

It does have some ramifications attached to it, but the strength of those are considerably weakened.

Winick does a pretty good job with this first issue. Aside from the odd choice of time, the rest of the issue is what you would want out of a first issue. There’s a pretty good hook to keep us interested in the continuing story, the character is interesting. We also get an introduction to everything we need to know about the character and not in a way that is overtly saying “here’s the bio”.

We get a good feel for the character of Batwing, who he is and what he does, we get a supporting cast with enough hints dropped to give us some interest in learning more about them. There is one problem I found with the way Winick approached this. In his civilian identity, Batwing is a cop. At a scene of a massacre, Batman and Batwing leave some evidence that he wants the Police to find. This read oddly. The point of Batwing wanting to Police to be potentially getting in his way wasn’t fully explained.

But it will be interesting to see how Winick handles the character when inevitably he has to choose to pursue a criminal as Batwing or as a Police Officer.

Winick’s script is solid. Batwing has a good voice and seems like an interesting character. The story moves along at a good pace. The useless, for lack of a better word, cliffhanger at the end is really the only negative about the entire story.

Oliver’s art is nice but with one major downside. When Oliver had done the Alpha Flight .1 story he had relied heavily on shadows, entire panels being characters in shadows. He does it here to. The characters become completely blacked out. And it’s not a stylistic thing either, it’s just the characters being blacked out. Other then that the work is very nice. Clean with excellant work on the faces.

Reber’s colors give the art a nice tone and feel.

Batwing #1 receives
4 out of 5

Batwing is off to a good start. Should be a nice addition to DC’s stable of characters.

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