Review: The Black Bat #10
The Black Bat is forced to deal with the idea of betrayal in his own inner circle. Also, the blowback from his prison break-in escalates as he is declared public enemy number one; and the war against him is brought right to his doorstep.
The Black Bat has been gone for a few months, but he’s finally back with the release of the tenth issue in his series from writer Brian Buccellato and artist Ronan Cliquet. Viviane Souza handles colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. So was Black Bat’s return worth the wait?
When last we saw the Black Bat, he had helped break his archenemy out of prison for the sake of the woman he loves. It didn’t do him a lot of good since she ended up seriously injured anyway. Now the Bat has to deal with the fallout of the prison break and how it has made him public enemy #1. The police have been dealing with a decrease in public trust since the bombing incident, but now things reach an entirely new level as Professor Tell leads the charge for the public to take control for the inept police squad. All of this converges in an unpredictable way as the Bat has to deal with a new enemy that has been manipulating things from the very beginning. Who has been pulling all the strings? Black Bat has had a target on his back for a while, but is he about to be taking down for good?
Buccellato writes another great issue. Things have been building since the very beginning of the series, and now we’re starting to see who exactly has been moving the pieces. It has been hinted at before, but now we know what is really going on now. This has been a slow burn series that has started to catch fire the last few issues. Cliquet’s art is strong as usual. This is mainly an issue that has people talking, but Cliquet keeps things flowing and interesting the entire time. The one big fight scene for our hero is handled well and gives you a bit of a Daredevil vibe. Souza is a new arrival for this issue, but the colors are very much in line with what we’ve seen before. Things are more subdued and moody, a perfect fit for what’s going on this month.
Bottom Line: The Black Bat lost a little momentum during its absence, but Buccellato and company keep telling a dramatic story that keeps bringing you explosive surprises. 3.5/5
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