Review: Black Bat #2
The redemptive quest of The Black Bat continues! As the cloaked hero launches his campaign against his criminal former clients, he must save the police from a mysterious captor. What darkness from Tony’s past threatens his newfound war on crime?
The second issue of Dynamite’s modern take on the 1930s pulp legend the Black Bat comes out today. The story is written by Brian Buccellato with art by Ronan Cliquet. Mat Lopes provides colors and Rob Steen handles lettering. The first issue was solid, but left a lot of unanswered questions. Do we start to unravel the mystery or are we still left scratching our heads?
The Black Bat continues his early days of crime fighting as he starts to take down his former clients from his day as defense attorney Tony Quinn. The Bat is trying to work his way to the top as he tries to find the kidnapped police officers. When he swoops in to bust up a drug deal, he sees the personal bodyguard of the big bad Snate. He knows Snate’s bodyguard never leaves his side, so he thinks the big boss man is there as well. Things don’t go according to plan, but Black Bat learns a valuable lesson in the process. Cut in among our story in the present is flashbacks to the night Tony decided to kill himself after losing his eyesight. He is approached by a woman who promises to give him back everything he lost, but Tony think it’s too late. We start to see more of the Black Bat’s origins and who is behind him. Tony Quinn said he could never be a murderer, but can the Black Bat kill? Is our hero any closer to finding the kidnapped cops?
Buccellato writes another good issue. We still aren’t seeing a strict origin story, but we’re seeing a lot of parallel storytelling. The current story about the kidnapped cops is cut in with some flashbacks about how Tony Quinn lost it all and became the Bat. There are a few times where it is a little confusing and takes you a second to adjust, but it works well for the story. It can easily be driven into the ground, but it looks like Buccellato is close to getting us up to speed on the origin front. Cliquet makes everything sleek, smooth, yet gritty. It fits well with the story and the only thing you can really knock is a few panels where the Black Bat suit looks a little too smooth and almost molded to Tony’s body. Lopes’ colors are great and really shine on the explosion and fire scenes.
Bottom Line: Buccellato has found a great angle for Black Bats new origins. He’s a character that could do well with a modern twist, and so far Buccellato has succeeded. There is still a lot of mystery as to the character and the larger story, but it’s still early days. At least it’s a fun ride. 3.5/5