Batgirl could be the most controversial of the new 52 titles as Barbara Gordon has been paralysed and in a wheel chair since meeting the Joker in The Killing Joke. And since then she has evolved into the Oracle and appeared in Birds of Prey. But as The New 52 are shaking up the status quo Barbara Gordon can walk again.
Though the method of her healing isn’t yet revealed its impact is. Simone handles this change with openness and candour whilst Batgirl saves a family from the clutches of some scary killers. Though Simone turns table on her next intervention and it’s that consequence I fell that is going to be explored a little more. Someone has a list and Gordon’s name is one it and she seems to be doing pretty well working through it.
What is nice is that we see Barbara Gordon as well as Batgirl and each has a set of problems to overcome. Now her psychological as well as domestic troubles will influence her role as Batgirl an vice versa. It’s going to be interesting to see where Simone is going to take that split.
Art wise can’t fault it though it does seem quite nicely centred on giving visual signals that the text can’t with lots of shock and distress on the characters faces.
I wouldn’t call it a depressing read as it feels quite like but there is a definite darkness which is quite fitting for someone with the mantle of the Bat.
Saying all that I’m not sure if I’ll read the next one. Nothing against the character or the book. It’s more me and ‘the crime fighting’ darkness that I have a feeling is coming.
Bought on the DC Comics iPad app.
Part of the reason for me trying ‘The New 52’ is to try something different and last week saw the first major release of titles after the solitary arrival of Justice League (reviewed by me here). Now Justice League was familiar in terms of character personalities and in some ways how they’d react to each other. While enjoyable it wasn’t exactly new.
On the other hand I know little to zero about what makes up Stormwatch. And I’m not really sure what to expect. Apart from the Martian Manhunter who ended up surprising and scaring me a little at one pivotal point as well as touching on the differences in his role here and in Justice League. Luckily it’s a fun mix of confusion and introduction.
They are looking for a new recruit who definitely doesn’t want to join. And they have interesting methods of persuasion. It makes a great form of introduction to some of the cast members of Stormwatch, some of whom have odd powers if you ask me but they seem to work for them and work in the story, which is quite refreshing.
Cornell lays other seeds such as something odd is going on on the moon, especially as you get a really close and disturbing insight into it, and flashback to Storwatches past to show that their history isn’t getting totally rewritten perhaps or at least to show their longevity. Oh, not to mention that something very odd is happening in the Himalayas
For the limited number of pages available (and I will stop brining this up I promise) it feels like it’s just got going without a feeling like being shortchanged. In fact Cornell manages to do more with his pages than the Justice League team did with theirs.
I don’t know if covers are that important in comics, they don’t work as newspaper front pages, though they often contain stunning art, they don’t usually add to the story but the trio on the cover on show here definitely isn’t the current status quo.
Though in contrast this feels darker and more adult and the art reflects that. Apart from the snow scenes. If I’m 100% honest the art is a little too murky for my tastes though it’s not the line art more the computerised shadowing that gives it a that not quite classic comic book feel that I enjoy.
More than enough interest in both characters and story potential to come back to Stormwatch for more next month.
I bought and read this on the DC Comics iPad app
Reboot? Jumping on point? Issue 1? Or just another confusing byway in the DC timeline?
What the New 52 promises is rebalancing of the status quo to allow the core of the characters to evolve start from scratch.
So do we get that?
Yes we do.
Does it work?
You know what it does to a certain extent. What limits it more than anything else is comic book format. I’m not sure why DC hasn’t chosen to do have double issues to get new readers properly hooked.
Don’t get me wrong I’m happy going to buy the next one most to see how the dynamics of egos works out.
The ego on show is Green Lantern’s (and I’m wondering if that’ll be reflected in his own title, I guess so) and I think he’s a bit surprised to come up with such strong personalities as Batman and Superman’s.
The main thrust of the story is interesting, especially the puzzle-box element. It’s also good to see the lack of public trust.
Art wise. The panels are outstanding and stand up to the zooming on the panel-by-panel view. I’m surprised by the level of control in the Green Lantern when you see what he’s doing with the ring. They feel dynamic and capture the action with a few great flowing touches.
Didn’t really get going but money well spent so far. Looking forward to meeting other members of the League next issue.
I bought and read this on the DC Comics iPad app