Good for Winick. Even though this issue of Batwing is a letdown–it’s too action oriented, not to mention all the outdoor daytime scenes means no interesting backgrounds from Oliver–it’s just a weak issue of a decent series. Opening the comic with one of the series’s most serious looks at African teenage soldiers probably helps it immediately resonate.
But the opening flashback makes promises of a revelation Winick never delivers on. He shows his b plot hand and then turns in an action issue. When established comics “decompress” it’s sometimes more acceptable because the ground situation is so well established (by years of comic books).
With Batwing, the only connection is Batman… and not even established Batman, just the Batman Inc. stuff.
I’m assuming it’s unintentional–a weak issue showing how solid the series has become otherwise–but it’d be funny if it weren’t. If Winick planned it out.
We Have Blood on Our Hands; writer, Judd Winick; artist, Ben Oliver; colorist, Brian Reber; letterer, Carlos M. Mangual; editors, Rickey Purdin and Mike Marts; publisher, DC Comics.