Batman 382 (April 1985)

2844Editor Len Wein really should have sent this one back to the oven. First off, there’s the art from Rick Hoberg and Rudy Nebres. It’s awful. The figures are too static, the settings are too slight. Especially given Moench does a whole hostage airplane storyline–the art fails it every step of the way.

Except when Julia and Vicki stand around looking dumbfounded. Those panels are kind of funny.

Then there’s Moench. Moench tries to do a Batman and Catwoman star-crossed lovers story and he fails miserably. The dialogue’s stilted and rushed, the characters don’t act with any decent motivation. When he gets to the ending, which the artists screw up too, it’s hard not to roll one’s eyes. He goes for a big revelation about the relationship but he had a more honest moment in a brief comment from Gordon.

Not a good comic book, not at all.

D- 

CREDITS

The Vengeance Spiral; writer, Doug Moench; penciller, Rick Hoberg; inker, Rudy Nebres; colorist, Adrienne Roy; letterer, Ben Oda; editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.

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