Review: The Black Bat #8
The fallout from recent events changes the dynamic between Carol, the Black Bat, and the shadow organization behind his creation. Black Bat wrestles with the choices he has made, and how far he is willing to go to get justice. Are the strings attached to his redemption worth the price?
The Black Bat is back in action this month. Our blind superhero is still dealing with the fallout of the courthouse bombing, and he has his sights set squarely on Snate. Black Bat #8 is written by Brian Buccellato with art by Ronan Cliquet. Mat Lopes handles colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. How does The Black Bat fair this month?
Our hero is wrestling with the choices he’s made since becoming The Black Bat. He has a lot of questions about his mysterious benefactors and what exactly their plans are. He’s put a stop to Snate and has his eyes on a new criminal lowlife, but things don’t go exactly as planned. Black Bat and Carol are getting closers, and that’s not necessarily a good thing for either of them. On top of all of this, City Hall is putting their focus on bringing an end to the vigilante. When a threat Black Bat thought he put away rears its ugly head once again, can our hero best the villain yet again? Black Bat failed during the bombing incident, but can he redeem himself this time?
Buccellato writes another hard edged issue. Black Bat has gradually shifted into a crime drama series with a dash of superheroes, and that’s not a bad thing. It has been that way for a while, but the last few months has seen the series really find its legs and present something fresh through its gritty realistic take on heroes. Cliquet has really come into his own as well. The art has never been better. Things look gorgeous and really plays up the more dramatic elements of the story. It feels like a 70s hardboiled crime drama in a lot of ways. And if I’m not mistaken there is a nod or two to the movies of Quentin Tarantino. Lopes’ colors are very subdued and almost pastel looking. Everything from the writing to the art and colors have really hit its stride.
Bottom Line: Black Bat is one of the most solid series out there. Buccellato has done something really unique with the character and seems to be taking things in a promising direction. The writer has made crime stories and superhero stories two great tastes that taste great together. 4.5/5
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