blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Detective Comics 796 (September 2004)

148824Batman and Robin versus Zsasz, only it’s Stephanie Brown as Robin and so Batman’s trying to train her.

It’s not an awful comic. Woods and Massengill drew her really poorly though. It’s hard to explain exactly what, but she looks too old and doesn’t emote enough for all the emotion Gabrych writes for her.

The story’s mostly the fight scene. There’s an opening mugging prevented, the impossible crime scene detection, then the finale with the big bad. There’s no personality to the issue–Batman doesn’t narrate, Robin doesn’t narrate. Oracle shows up to doubt his hiring Stephanie to be Robin. It reads fast, which helps it over most of the bumps.

The backup is a lame fight scene thing with Onyx, Batman and Batgirl. Batgirl shows more personality in one line than anyone else in both stories combined.

And the painted, Zsasz-vision panels don’t help the feature at all.


…And Red All Over; penciller, Pete Woods; inker, Nathan Massengill; colorist, Jason Wright; editors, Michael Wright and Bob Schreck. Polished Stone, Part Two; penciller, Brad Walker; inker, Troy Nixey; colorist, Giulia Brusco; editor, Matt Idelson. Writer, Andersen Gabrych; letterer, Clem Robins; publisher, DC Comics.

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