DC Comics’ Forever Evil seems to be happening behind the scenes. That’s fine with me for the moment. Batman #25 Zero Year takes us back to this reboot of Batman’s first appearances.
This issue starts like an action movie. The GPCD is chasing what constitutes the first version of the Batmobile. They’ve got it cornered, there’s no way it can get away and… well, of course it does.
Scott Snyder really pulls all the stops here, resurrecting an very old enemy of the Bats from his first appearances. Doctor Death will see you now. To make matters worse, his first introduction to Bruce is… to Bruce. It’s rare to see Batman get surprised, but these events lend more credence to how little he is surprised in the present time.
My favorite scenes however, were Bruce with Gordon. The future Commish does step ever so close to nailing the rookie Dark Knight that it does make me think the future World’s Greatest Detective probably learned a thing or too from James Gordon.
Recommended. Yes, it’s a reboot but it’s full of unexpected surprises.
We go back to the present with Forever Evil: Arkham War #2. It’s still Arkham vs Blackgate with no clear winner in sight. In this issue, Bane meets the Penguin and the Scarecrow makes a play along with Dr. Langstrom, a.k.a. Man-Bat.
Despite what the cover promises, none of the Talons rises in this issue. They’re the trophies to be won. It’s a bit hard to believe that after Bane learns of the Scarecrow’s plan he somehow manages to return to Blackgate almost instantly, but I guess it took a lot more time for the Arkham team to break in.
In a bit of a black ops operation, Gordon and Detective Pierce are skulking around trying to make it into Blackgate themselves to rescue Warden Agatha Zorbatos and her people. It’s an incredible desperate move, but the Arkham-Blackgate War gives them a chance. I almost wish they’d titled Arkham War as Gotham War instead, but I guess the name “Arkham” goes a lot further these days.
Recommended. Nothing to do with the Arkham games just to be clear.
And finally, we switch over to Marvel for Superior Spider-Man #21. Stunner makes her return, and.. well this is more of a transitional issue. The main storyline is about Stunner, a former flame from Otto’s past and that he’s basically discarded in his current plans. It’s a bit of a reminder of his formal life, and a reminder to us that his new heroic self is very much flawed.
You can figure pretty much that this is a one-issue threat, but the side stories are a bit more compelling. Office Carly Cooper has been accumulating evidence on unmasking Spider-Ock. She makes a visit to the tomb of Doc Ock to find out that the body is gone. She also manages to get herself captured by the King Goblin’s forces – putting all the evidence she’s uncovered with the Goblin himself.
It’s not a very strong issue except for the side stories. However, coming ahead is Superior Spidey meeting Venom. That one should be interesting.
That will do for now.