A break from heavy theological posts! I want to thank DC comics for this advance review copy.
Tom King. Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, April 18th, 2017. 168 pp.
5 out of 5
This is volume two of the new Batman series in the DC rebirth series. It picks up where volume one left off in which Gotham Girl is need of help; specifically in order for Batman to help her he needs to find Psycho-Pirate to restore her mental state. But for Batman to get Psycho-Pirate this requires Batman to go on an adventure outside of Gotham.
Similar to volume one Batman in this work assembles a team of reformed villains or villains that Batman has to keep on a leash. As the comics in the beginning makes clear, Batman is taking quite a risks but he needs the various members of the team. For some reason it did not dawn on me until a quarter into this work that this is Batman’s “suicide squad” if you will, which is a play on the suicide squad series that is also part of DC comics in which captured dangerous supervillains are tapped to be part of a team to fight other supervillains.
This graphic novel was truly a thriller. I like how even as we various action scenes we see someone talking and writing in a contemplative mood and you don’t know fully who it is until it is revealed as you get into each issue. At first that threw me off but then I appreciated what the author was trying to accomplish as a literary device. You really get the sense that some of these characters have much in common in their childhood but of course they took separate journey as a result of deliberate choices when they grew up. I thought that was interesting to show a compare and contrasts of the childhood three characters in particular: Batman, Bane and Catwoman. What makes it more interesting is how you see inner dialogues in which they were addressing another character but it really is them reflecting back about who they are in light of their respective past history. Again as I said earlier there is a sense of a thriller, perhaps a psychological thriller in which you wonder about the psyche of the various characters. Reading this especially in the middle of the book you also aren’t sure what Batman’s plans are and also whether or not these characters are going according to Batman’s plans or whether they have taken advantage of being in Batman’s team in order to carry out their own agenda. That really builds some suspense! You also see echoes in this book of previous incarnation of famous works on Batman but I don’t’ want to give too much of this graphic novel away.
NOTE: This book was provided to me free by DC Comics and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.