Review: The Black Bat #7
The city government tries to pick up the pieces following the tragic climax of the police kidnappings. Looking to assess blame, the District Attorney sets his sights on The Black Bat. And as Carol faces the repercussions of her actions, she turns to Tony Quinn for help.
The fallout of last month’s explosive issue of The Black Bat is explored this week in the pages of Dynamite’s relaunch of the classic character. The Black Bat #7 is written by Brian Buccellato with art by Ronan Cliquet. Mat Lopes handles colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. Last month’s issue was a shocker, but how does #7 follow things up?
Tony failed. He saved the police officers that were held hostage, but his best efforts to stop the bomb from going off near city hall literally blew up in his face. Everyone is dealing with the repercussions of the bombing. The cops are sweeping everything under the rug and placing the blame on Black Bat. Carol is having to deal with the repercussions of her actions with her superiors for allowing Tony to go rogue like he did. Tony is crippled by depression and failure because he couldn’t save everyone. The villainous Snate is happy with the way things have played out, and he’s starting to get a sense of accomplishment and a sense of security. Little does he know that someone is aware of his whereabouts. Can the Black Bat climb out of his deep, dark hole and bring Snate in? Things have gone incredibly wrong for everyone, but is there a redemption story in anyone’s future?
Buccellato writes his strongest issue yet. Black Bat has been an enjoyable crime story, but this is the issue that takes everything to a different level. The fallout of the explosion is real and dramatic, but the second half of the issue turns the corner and becomes incredibly tense. This one runs the gamut of the emotional spectrum for most every character involved. Cliquet has done a solid job on every issue, but he steps his game up as well. There’s a Francisco Francavilla vibe from the art to the panel layout. Cliquet gives it his own spin and does some great character work with Tony Quinn and his alter ego. Lopes’ colors are very subdued and somber for the most part. There are spectacular flames, but he brings the tone down as we go through the fallout of last month.
Bottom Line: Black Bat has been a good series, but this issue starts to make it a great series. Buccellato writes his strongest issue yet. From the story to the art and the colors, The Black Bat continues to prove it’s a series that warrants your attention. 4.5/5