blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Batman 388 (October 1985)

836483It almost doesn’t feel like Moench is writing the comic. He is, obviously, since there’s the avoidance of any new plot for Jason and an awkward comment about Alfred’s daughter. Jason calls her a honey or something. But the comic has Flash villains visiting and Moench writing about how incapable Batman is against them.

Robin even talks to Bullock about how they can’t handle superhero villains. Except neither villain is super-powered; it’s Captain Boomerang and Mirror Master. There’s also an odd scene where Mirror Master is scared of some thugs. Reading the issue, it’s hard to see where Moench’s going with anything.

The problem might be the subplots–there aren’t any active ones except Bruce’s love life, which is on a far back burner. Sadly, Moench doesn’t have anything good for the front most ones.

Mandrake’s art is okay. Good composition, not great detail, but lots of enthusiasm. Lots.



The Round-Trip Looking Glass!; writer, Doug Moench; artist, Tom Mandrake; colorist, Adrienne Roy; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.

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