Review: The Black Bat #12
FINAL ISSUE! In the final chapter to this story, the Black Bat is confronted by the unforeseen consequences of his vigilante quest for redemption. He comes face to face with the shadowy villain that has been pulling all of the strings, and must decide how far he is willing to go to save the city.
The Black Bat comes to an end this month with the release of issue #12. The story is written by Brian Buccellato with art by Ronan Cliquet. Viviane Souza handles colors with Rob Steen tackling lettering.
Tony, the Black Bat, has found out that Cameron Tell, the man behind his new eyes, is the one responsible for everything that has happened. Cameron has been pulling everyone’s strings and proven that Oliver Snate was just a small fish in a very large pond of Tell’s own design. Silk is dead and Tony is low on resources. With Tell leading a march on City Hall to essentially overthrow the city government, our hero must figure out just how far he is willing to go to try and make things right. Will Tony be able to stop Tell’s plan? Will the Black Bat sway the public’s opinion about his vigilantism? Who is left standing after the final showdown?
Buccellato writes a fast-paced and dark issue. Things have been building for the last several issues, and while last month was the action-packed battle issue, this month pays off a lot of the story threads. This is also an incredibly bleak issue. This is a real, gritty, rough look at vigilantism with some high-tech elements (Tony’s new eyes). Buccellato ends the series in an incredibly unexpected way that leaves you stunned for a minute or two after the final page. Cliquet’s art is solid. There are a few pages that feel a little rough around the edges, but by and large it works with the mood and tone of the finale. The use of wide panels and the occasional two-page spreads work well to make the story flow and give things an almost cinematic feel. There are a handful of scenes where the smooth style of Cliquet’s art looks a little too smooth when it comes to facial features though. It’s far and few between, but there are a few noticeable panels. Souza’s colors are darker and somber this time around. This is a street battle for the city’s soul, and it doesn’t go well. Souza pulls that off well with her pallet.
Bottom Line: The Black Bat ends in a very unexpected way that throws readers for a loop. It happens fast and it leaves you with a few questions, but Buccellato has really done something fresh and new with the character. 4/5
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