By: Adam Basciano
The issue starts two weeks after the events of last issue. Batwing is on the hunt for Massacre, who has murdered another member of The Kigdom. That brings the superhero death toll up to three. The rest of the issue focuses of David Zavimbe, and his turn from villain to hero. 10 years earlier, David and his brother Isaac were in the services of General Keita. David and his brother were the perfect soldiers, untill they rebelled against their leaders decision to burn down an entire village to get at a target. The insubordination would cost David’s brother Isaac his life. Enraged, David abduct General Keita, stranding him in enemy territory. Young David winds up at a children’s shelter where he meets Matu (aka Alfred with an eye-patch.)
Have you ever been doing math homework, and been so stumped by a problem that you look at the back of the book for the answer? After you saw the answer, you wonder just how it fits? That’s what this issue feels like. Despite the comparison, unlike a math problem, this issue is anything but boring. This issue is clearly David Zavimbe’s origin story. I enjoy that it is being told in the midst of a present day story. I’m also digging the fact that Batwing has been on the other side of the law, choosing right over wrong, rather than it feeling as though it was pre-destined, as is sometimes the case with this genre.
Ben Oliver is absent on art for this issue, and in his place is ChrisCross (that’s how it appears on the comic book, I didn’t forget a space). This change is a primary example of just how much the art in a book can sway your opinion. Flat out, I don’t like the art in this issue. It’s not that the art is bad, it just doesn’t fit the story in my opinion. We’ve gone from art that looks like it belongs in a museum, to art that looks like something on Disney XD. That’s like giving an Italian a home cooked meal for four nights in a row, and then suddenly taking him to Olive Garden. No offense to anyone who likes Olive Garden, but that isn’t authentic Italian food. Trust me, I know. The art was just a let down compared to the previous issues. There wasn’t a single image in the book that made me stop and give it a second look. I took consolation in Ben Oliver’s cover image. It’s my favourite of the series. A very powerful image, that entices you for what’s waiting in the comic book.
I really believed Massacre would turn out to be David’s brother. That theory has literally been stabbed and thrown of a cliff. As a result, I’m even more intrigued with this book then I was after issue one.
Overall Grade: 7/10 (5/5 for story, 2/5 for art, in case you were wondering)